Democracy in america was published in two volumes the first in 1835 and the other in 1840 it was immediately popular in both europe and the united states while also having a profound impact on the french population by the twentieth century it had become a classic work of. The declaration of independence asserts that the consent of the governed is the only foundation of legitimate government but our nations history has been marked by fierce struggles to expand the franchise to every adult citizen and its past is littered with dire warnings from privileged elites that democracy will degenerate into mob rule. Harvey mansfield and delba winthrops new translation of democracy in america is only the third since the original two volume work was published in 1835 and 1840 it is a spectacular achievement capturing the elegance subtlety and profundity of tocquevilles original mansfield and winthrop have restored the nuances of his language with the expressed goal to convey tocquevilles thought as he held it rather than to restate it in comparable terms of today the result is a translation . Democracy in america had ordained and established throughout nearly the entire western hemisphere
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