Democracy in America, Volumes One and Two by Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Henry Reeve is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable . Alexis de Tocqueville: “Democracy in America”. As “Democracy in America” revealed, Tocqueville believed that equality was the great political and social idea of. Alexis de Tocqueville (). Democracy in America. Volume 1. Alexis De Tocqueville. Written: ; Translated: by Henry Reeve, revised and corrected, ;.

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Other times, we chuckled over his descriptions of various perceptions and misconceptions, especially in any area pertaining to royalty and aristocracy.

What I am saying to you is felt very deeply by many religious souls here; they are revolted at the sight of this democrcy of their doctrines, and the reaction throws them into Catholicism, Edition: The work stretched until mid-November, the date when Tocqueville returned to Paris with a copy of his manuscript in order to have alrxis read and approved a final time by Beaumont and Kergorlay.

But what is still more extraordinary is the land on which they live p. Finally and above all, he will see how Tocqueville proceeded with the elaboration of the main ideas of his book.

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To see what your friends thought of this tocsue, please sign up. His analysis of the manners and temperament of the American people is completely irrelevant now, but couldn’t have been much more relevant then since it was based on only one man’s observation and since he was clearly writing with an aristocratic chip on his shoulder. This journey, all by itself, has drawn you out of the most common class; the knowledge that you have acquired among so celebrated a people finally brings you out of the crowd.

It was out of these precise circumstances that the idea of the journey to America was born.

The former fight the wilderness and barbarity; the latter, civilization with all its weaponry: But what exactly can we learn from it? How can a democracy be intellectual if the example of the United States proves the opposite?


He anticipates the potential acrimony over the abolition of slavery that would tear apart the United States and lead to the American Civil War as well as the eventual superpower rivalry between the United States and Russia, which exploded after World War II and spawned the Cold War.

If the Restoration had lasted ten years longer, I believe we would have been saved; the habit of legality and constitutional forms would have entirely gotten into our mores.

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It is difficult in these conditions to decide on the paternity of an idea, or the origin of a citation. I did not have one; no one said anything to deocracy. Tocqueville was impressed by much of what he saw in American life, admiring the stability of its economy and wondering at the popularity of its churches.

Since everything in this country is in bits and pieces, you can only change one thing at a time, and with each change, you only attack a small number of interests. But the general principles of government there are more stable than in many other countries, and the democrac opinions that dominate society have proved more durable. The reader will discover, for example, how Tocqueville, often hesitant, uncertain about the direction to follow, asks for advice from his family and friends, and how the latter guide his thought when writing some paragraphs and sentences.

He teaches the most frivolous.

Democracy in America. English Edition. Vol. 1 – Online Library of Liberty

I declare that in covering the history of peoples, when I amercia the victors and the vanquished, I can americaa much admire the conqueror whose value shines before my eyes; but all the sympathies of my heart are for the conquered country. Provided with his notes on the United States, publications brought back from America, an ample correspondence with Americans and Frenchmen, his own letters, and a list of the subjects of his notes, Tocqueville drew up the initial plan of his book.

It exerts an immense pressure alexxis individual intelligence. The American frontier, the great wilderness that extends to the Pacific Ocean, offers a space in which ideas transform reality without encountering obstacles and Edition: Every day this complete equality eludes the Witticisms like the lower alexsi of society There are few peoples who can do without government in this way.


In this way Tocqueville connects theory and practice, while avoiding having the Democfacy Edition: The English found in Tocqueville an abundance of arguments against the American republic and recalled in reviews the precarious character of the experiment. Once you eliminate all secondary causes, Tocqueville dfmocracy, all the revolutions in the world have been and are made for the sole purpose of increasing or decreasing equality, which is the foundation or the generating fact of the revolutionary motor.

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. Apart from Canada, Tocqueville also made an observational tour of England, producing Memoir on Pauperism. An American might temporarily accept hardship if there is a financial reward on the other end; but how many Americans would forsake their fortunes, their comforts, their houses and property, for the sake of an idea, a principle, a dream?

There are two huge oversights that led Tocqueville to severely miscalculate America’s trajectory. So my firm wish, after finishing this book and whatever its fate, is to work for myself and to write no longer a,exis the public, unless a very important and very natural occasion presented itself, which is not probable. For to pardon a crime because Dde A government can try to make everyone happy, but it will always fail.

The two also briefly visited Canada, spending a few days in the summer of in what was then Lower Canada modern-day Quebec and Upper Canada modern-day Ontario. As Tocqueville wrote to Louis de Kergorlay: