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Spencer, John C. (John Canfield) 1788-1855

Overview
Works: 226 works in 451 publications in 1 language and 4,842 library holdings
Genres: History  Controversial literature  Trials, litigation, etc  Digests  Records and correspondence  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Correspondent
Classifications: JK216, 320.973
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Most widely held works by John C Spencer
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville ( Book )
45 editions published between 1838 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An influential study of America's national government, egalitarian ideals, and character offers reflections on the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals and provides insight into the rewards and responsibilities of a democratic government
The republic of the United States of America and its political institutions by Alexis de Tocqueville ( )
31 editions published between 1849 and 2010 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American institutions and their influence by Alexis de Tocqueville ( Book )
29 editions published between 1851 and 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Excerpt: Among the novel objects that attracted my attention during my stay in the United States, nothing struck me more forcibly than the general equality of conditions. I readily discovered the prodigious influence which this primary fact exercises on the whole course of society, by giving a certain direction to public opinion, and a certain tenor to the laws; by imparting new maxims to the governing powers, and peculiar habits to the governed. I speedily perceived that the influence of this fact extends far beyond the political character and the laws of the country, and that it has no less empire over civil society than over the government; it creates opinions, engenders sentiments, the ordinary practices of life, and modifies whatever it does not produce. The more I advanced in the study of American society, the more I perceived that the equality of conditions is the fundamental fact from which all others seem to be derived, and the central point at which all my observations constantly terminated. I then turned my thoughts to our own hemisphere, where I imagined that I discerned something analogous to the spectacle which the New World presented to me. I observed that the equality of conditions is daily advancing towards those extreme limits which it seems to have reached in the United States; and that the democracy which governs the American communities, appears to be rapidly rising into power in Europe. -Amazon.com
Review of the testimony given before the general court martial, upon the trial of Brig. General George Talcott, in June and July, 1851, and of the proceedings of the court by John C Spencer ( )
8 editions published between 1851 and 2008 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Democracy in America : in two volumes by Alexis de Tocqueville ( )
5 editions published in 1840 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Democracy in America (1835--1840) is arguably the most perceptive and influential book ever written about American politics and society. This Library of America volume presents Alexis de Tocqueville's masterpiece in an entirely new translation, the first to capture fully the precision and grace of his style while providing a rigorous and faithful rendering of his profound ideas and observations. A young aristocratic lawyer, Tocqueville came to the United States in 1831 with his friend and fellow magistrate Gustave de Beaumont to study American penitentiary systems. During their nine-month visit they conducted interviews with more than 200 people on American politics, law, and social practices. After returning to France, Tocqueville read hundreds of books and documents while reflecting on what his trip had revealed about the "great democratic revolution" that was transforming the Western world. In Democracy in America he vividly describes the unprecedented "equality of conditions" found in the United States and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era. His book provides enduring insight into the political consequences of widespread property ownership, the potential dangers to liberty inherent in majority rule, the importance of civil institutions in an individualistic culture dominated by the pursuit of material self-interest, the influence of the press and the judiciary in American politics, and the vital role of religion in American life, while prophetically examining the widening differences between the northern and southern states
Impostures and calumnies of George Montgomery West by N.Y.) Second Presbyterian Church (Albany ( )
3 editions published in 1850 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mr. Spencer's resolutions February 1, 1819, read, and ordered to lie upon the table by John C Spencer ( Book )
5 editions published in 1819 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Speech of Hon. Daniel Webster, to the young men of Albany Wednesday, May 28, 1851 by Daniel Webster ( Book )
3 editions published in 1851 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mr. Spencer submitted the following motion, which was read and ordered to lie on the table by John C Spencer ( Book )
2 editions published in 1818 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victory by Gen. Dearborn the following letter from Gen. P.B. Porter was sent by express to John C. Spencer by Peter B Porter ( Book )
2 editions published in 1813 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American institutions and their influence by Alexis de Tocqueville ( Book )
9 editions published between 1851 and 2010 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The revised statutes of the state of New York as altered by the Legislature : including the statutory provisions of a general nature, passed from 1828 to 1835 inclusive by New York (State) ( )
2 editions published in 1836 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Canfield Spencer, John 1788-1855
Counsellor at law, 1788-1855
Spencer, John C.
Spencer, John Canfield 1788-1855
Languages
English (216)
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