The Tyranny and Triumph of the Majority

Review Questions

The winner of the 1840 election was ________.

  1. a Democrat
  2. a Democratic-Republican
  3. an Anti-Federalist
  4. a Whig



Which of the following did not characterize political changes in the 1830s?

  1. higher voter participation
  2. increasing political power of free black voters
  3. stronger partisan ties
  4. political battles between Whigs and Democrats



How did Alexis de Tocqueville react to his visit to the United States? What impressed and what worried him?


Tocqueville came to believe that democracy was an unstoppable force whose major benefit was equality before the law. However, he also described the tyranny of the majority, which overpowers the will of minorities and individuals.