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The Making of Tocqueville'S AmericaLaw and Association in the Early United States$
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Kevin Butterfield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226297088

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226297118.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Making of Tocqueville'S America

Kevin Butterfield

University of Chicago Press

After the Revolution, as participation in formally organized groups other than churches and civil governments became more common, many Americans took seriously the need to define and delimit the bonds of individual membership. These new member-to-group relationships were defined in two ways: within their own associations, by means of constitutions, bylaws, and resolute attention to procedural regularity; and by the formation of what I call a “common law of membership.”

Keywords:   civil society, law, voluntary association, Alexis de Tocqueville, civic associations

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