Democracy in America, Volumes One and Two by Alexis de Tocqueville, trans. Henry Reeve is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable . De La Démocratie En Amérique. “THIS IS BY FAR THE Tocqueville, Alexis de. Item Number: First American edition of Tocqueville’s magnum opus. Octavo. Did you know? During his travels in the United States, one of the first things that surprised Alexis de Tocqueville about American culture was how early everyone .

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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. The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. After attending college in Metz, Tocqueville studied law in Paris and was appointed a magistrate in Versailles, where he met his future wife and befriended a fellow lawyer named Gustave de Beaumont.

Tocqueville swore an oath, and justified his decision by the fear of anarchy:. Very civilized men can all become equal because they all have at their disposal analogous means to attain comfort and happiness. But the publication that Tocqueville is referring to in the cited passage still lacked a name and substance. This plan was inspired by various causes.

Moreover, if the indemnity affair—indemnities that the Americans had demanded from the French since the Napoleonic period—could be profitable to Tocqueville in France, such was not the case in America, where the publication of the Democracy was delayed until My position in France is bad on all points, at least as I see it; for either the government will consolidate itself, which is not very probable, or it will be destroyed.

Tocqueville believed that the American jury system was particularly important in educating citizens in self-government and rule of law.

Amid the chaos in which we find ourselves, I seem to see one incontestable fact. He noted regarding them:.

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Tocqueville was a classical liberal who advocated parliamentary governmentbut he was skeptical of the extremes of democracy. And yet you sense how necessary it is for us to know the opinions that prevail at home if we want to modify them and even if we desire to study particularly here what can be useful for enlightening minds.

Religion is law, the omnipotence of the majority is arbitrariness. The imperatives of the history of France forbid Tocqueville, as politician and as the author of Souvenirs, to forget the practical side of political theory. When the tendency to create philosophical systems that are separated from practice becomes general, there is also the danger that theory will not find reality adaptable; it will become always more removed from action and more utopian, and will end up by taking the place of political reality; and men, tired of facing the difficulties of action, will take refuge in theory.


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The author of Democracy notes a form of liberty appropriate to each period and each country. The final result would forever obliterate the daily debates of the two travelers. The theory began to take shape by bits and pieces in the letters sent to France. Every historical change necessarily begins, according to Tocqueville, at the level of ideas. The future author of Democracy chose a legal career with some hesitation. For his part, Tocqueville also made certain deletions and several additions.

Applauding the methods of General BugeaudTocqueville went so far to claim that “war in Africa is a science. The appearance of the first volume of the Democracy had elicited nearly seventy commentaries; that of the second brought forth scarcely half that number.

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You could think so. After returning to France at the end tocqkeville March, Beaumont rejoined his family in Sarthe, while Tocqueville remained in Paris.

In PennsylvaniaTocqueville spent a week interviewing every prisoner in the Eastern State Penitentiary. Nomenclature of the various sects—From Catholicism to the sect that is farthest removed from it.

During a French political crisis over the military democratid civilian revolt in Algeria, Charles de Gaulle is called out of tocqjeville to head a new emergency government. Translator’s Note — Arthur Goldhammer”. Jennifer Pitts, Johns Hopkins Baltimore, pp.

Shortly after the publication of Marie, Beaumont abandoned the plan for a second part announced in the notice. Except for about ten people in Paris who, like you, are not absorbed by the politics of the democcratie, America is as unknown as Japan; or rather, people zlexis about it as Montesquieu did about Japan. The distance that separated him from his friend did not interrupt their friendship. This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose.

To all of that, add that the future is until now so obscure that it is impossible to say which party we should, in the interest of our country, remocratie to have the definitive victory. Inhe sought to found a Young Left Jeune Gauche party which would advocate wage increases, a progressive tax[9] and other labor concerns in order to undermine the appeal of the socialists. This point is decided but between us.


After recovering the missing passages, I then compared the whole text with the manuscript and identified more than a hundred diverse errors. Tocqueville seeks to apply the functional aspects of democracy in the United States to what he sees as the failings of democracy in his native France. All the information that they were curious about was to be provided on site.

Tocqueville believed that the Puritans established the principle of sovereignty of the people in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. These days, they represent civilization, we do not. Tocqueville’s professed religion was Roman Catholicism. I hardly know how to express to you the degree of my estimation of your book, in as measured terms as a sober man likes to use in expressing a deliberate judgment—but this I may say, in the confidence of being rather within than beside the mark—that the book not only displays a complete and easy mastery over all the social elements and agencies at work in Ireland, over the whole great period of Irish history and Irish civilization; but that it also manifests a degree of clear comprehension and accurate knowledge of the far more complicated and obscure americ of English society, never before even approached by any foreigner whom I know of, and by very, eemocratie few Englishmen.

In April of that year, while his two brothers began their military careers, Alexis rejoined his father in Moselle to complete his studies at the royal college of Metz, which he finished in The cholera epidemic democratid broke deapre at the end of had precipitated their return to France.

In a later letter to his wife, Tocqueville would evoke the first months spent writing his book as follows:.

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They could join limited intellectual circles to explore the weighty and complex problems facing society, or they could use their superior talents to amass vast fortunes in the private sector. Tocqusville, such as the Catholic writer Daniel Schwindtdisagree with Kaplan’s interpretation, arguing instead that Tocqueville saw individualism as just another form of egotism and not an improvement over it. Alexis lived un her until In describing the American, he agreed with thinkers such as Aristotle and Montesquieu that the balance of property determined the balance of political power, but his conclusions after that differed radically from those of his predecessors.