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The Making of Tocqueville'S America: Law and Association in the Early United States

Kevin Butterfield


This book is an exploration of the cultural meanings and legal consequences ascribed to the concept of individual, voluntary membership by the first generations of American citizens, between 1783 and 17840. It attempts to explain post-Revolutionary Americans’ propensity to form and join voluntary associations by looking at how they described and defended their ideas about what voluntary membership should look like. Within their own groups, joiners and organizers of American private associations found in law and in an emphasis on procedural fairness a way to cohere. And yet their legalistic fra ... More

Keywords: civil society, law, voluntary association, membership, mandamus, Alexis de Tocqueville, civic associations, corporations, reform societies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226297088
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226297118.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Butterfield, author
University of Oklahoma