Nt manners kindness and civilization Only then will the mob become citizens and
The Popular Sentiment Becomepopular sentiment Become GovernmentWorth Reading For Those governmentWorth reading for those in politics worth mob become citizens and the popular sentiment become good governmentWorth reading for those interested in politics worth for everyone else Although not the easiest of reads he offer a fair and concise description of democracy and politics in its many forms 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 nderstand 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 nnecessarily 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 fi. Llection of James Feni Rst 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 alone is why you should want to own the book American democracy was degenerating 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 this edition according
reviewers contains two 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 High time to read it So far the best part of the book is the introduction by HL Mencken written in 1938 on the 100th anniversary of the book s publicationFrom the introduction to the first edition written by Cooper himselfNotions that are impracticable and which if persevered in cannot fail to produce disorganization if not revolution are widely prevalent and while many seem disposed to complain few show a disposition to correct themCooper is out to correct the impracticable notions of his time which strangely enough seem to be many of the same as those of our timeThe work is written in the spirit of censure than of praise for its aim is correction and virtues bring their own reward while errors are dangerous AMERICAN DEMOCRAT THE by James Feni Cooper 1981 The things change the they stay the same Take out some of the particulars and this book could have been written in 2015. Ooper's political writin.Other Reviewers Contains Two
James Fenimore Cooper ñ 3 readAn insight into the mindset of early American Culture And Politics Every High School culture and politics Every high school should read this at some point to nderstand what early Americans believed or at least what this one prominent early American author believed and thought how true American democrats would behave and think Just remembered this was on my shelf and I d be curious to read it again my first take was that he was picky and fretful over insignificant nothingswonder if my opinion would change Who knows This book gives great insight into early American thinking by an early American A very profitable read for students of American history I have always been a fan of James Feni Cooper From my high school days a young boy in search of adventures in reading found Natty Bumppo to be an interesting character Cooper was perhaps America s first nature writer for he embraced the outdoor adventure Although I confess to not reading the whole Leatherstocking Series I have read other material by Cooper most notably Billy Budd one of my favorite novellas Another Cooper writing I came across was The American Democrat I found the title to be interesting and I thought it would be good to get some thoughts from someone who lived
Around The Time Ofthe time of early years of our Republic and to read their thoughts on all matters America Cooper covers a bevy of topics ranging from the duties of people and politicians to the advantages and disadvanta 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 deportme. This is the essential co. .
James Fenimore Cooper