The dawn of American democracy didn’t come in 1776, with the Declaration of Independence. It didn’t come in 1788, when the Constitution was ratified by the states, or in 1789, when George ...
The Constitution of the United States of America, adopted in 1788, provides the world's first formal blueprint for a modern democracy. In the first flush of the new nation's enthusiasm, the compromises inherent in normal democracy are not required. George Washington is elected unopposed as president in 1789, and again for a second term in 1792.
A democracy is a political system, or a system of decision-making within an institution or organization or a country, in which all members have an equal share of power. Modern democracies are characterized by two capabilities that differentiate them fundamentally from earlier forms of government: the capacity to intervene in their own societies and the recognition of their sovereignty by an ...
Sean Wilentz is Dayton-Stockton professor of history and director of the program in American studies at Princeton University. His most recent book, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, won the Bancroft Prize. During this academic year, he will be a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public ...
How and where did democracy develop? This animated timeline starts in ancient Greece, and winds through the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, via the French Revolution to modern times. From the upcoming ...
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) was a French sociologist and political theorist who traveled to the United States to study its prisons and wrote “Democracy in America” (1835), one of the ...
The evolution of these two ideas is the history of American politics. Democracy in America records the contest between laws—a conventional system of politics—and men struggling for industrial ...
The primary focus of Democracy in America is an analysis of why republican representative democracy has succeeded in the United States while failing in so many other places. Tocqueville seeks to apply the functional aspects of democracy in the United States to what he sees as the failings of democracy in his native France.
Democracy originated in Athens during the 5th century BC, when Greece moved from a tyrannical system of government to one where the people had more say in the running of the state. The move to democratic rule was slow, however, with only select individuals able to vote in the early inception. Democracy literally means power of the people in Greek.
In 2013, Tobin helped to develop David Moss's course on the History of American Democracy at Harvard University. The course, which uses the case method to engage students in analyzing crucial moments in American history, has been successful with Harvard Business School students and undergraduates.