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Read & Download American Democrat and Other Political Writings ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ø [PDF] ✈ American Democrat and Other Political Writings Author James Fenimore Cooper – Horticulturetrader.co.uk This is the essential collection of James Feni Cooper's political writingsFeni Cooper's political writin. Although not the easiest of reads he offer a fair and concise description of democracy and politics in its many forms

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N of James and Other PDF #10003. Sort of a crotchety old conservative view of America before there were crotchety old conservatives Cooper is rightly considered an American Tocueville given his concerns about the tyranny of the majority and the tendency of individuals to go along with public opinion rather than things like truth and justice Cooper argues that to oppose this tendency we need to develop our morality deportment manners kindness and civilization Only then will the mob become citizens and the popular sentiment become good governmentWorth reading for those interested in politics worth skimming for everyone else

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American Democrat and Other Political WritingsThis is the essential collectio. This is a review only of The American Democrat I read a different edition but can't find it on GoodreadsI read The American Democrat mostly because I had just read an excellent book on the long dead American Whig Party which in James Feni Cooper's time was one of the two major political parties in America and the Democrat Party's chief opponent and hoped that The American Democrat would prove similarly helpful in explaining the 19th century DemocratsI was wrong The fact that Democrat is capitalized in the title prevented me from realizing that Cooper meant democrat not Democrat and by democrat he meant nothing than a supporter of democracy The book has nothing at all to say about any specific party and only occasionally discusses political parties in general negativelyThe American Democrat is two things an attempt to explain the American political system as it was originally designed with comparisons of representative democracy to monarchy aristocracy and mob rule which at the time of the book's writing American democracy was degenerating into; and a relatively scattershot collection of Cooper's observations on American society at that point I understand that the book was meant to be a primer on American democracyThe first half of the book being the analysis of democracy in America is interesting but unnecessarily long winded and somewhat boring at times; Cooper does not write with great focus or succinctness at least in this book If the book was indeed meant as a primer the first half does sound like oneThe second half being Cooper's critiue of Americans and the shortcomings of how they practiced democracy is far interesting; it alone is why you should want to own the book American democracy was degenerating into mob rule exactly what the Founding Fathers feared with insufficient regard for the virtue and wisdom necessary to make democracy successful and with demagogues manipulating the passions of the common man in order to gain power and prestige Cooper does not name any namesThe edition of The American Democrat that I read and this edition according to other reviewers contains two introductions one by HL Mencken Mencken's introduction is arguably as valuable as the book itself and is written succinctly to boot Mencken bluntly and cynically makes some of the same points Feni makes as well as offering some thoughts of his own such as the haunting The Civil War blew the Old Republic to pieces