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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Anyway, these are the things I highlighted: Toqueville was a Fr This classic is a must for students of political science and American studies. The thesis was certainly bold, and original. He has no need of government. A quantity of minuscule bits of paper remains at the bottom of the two boxes that protect the Rubish. I believed that by acting in this way I have fulfilled the strict duty of a Frenchman. You are part of that memory, like all of those memories in my life that deserve to be remembered.

The Old Regime wanted to ignore social changes and, by preventing the slow adaptation of the political to the social, had created the conditions for its own downfall. Consistent with this limited view of the potential of women to act as equals to men, as well as his apparently missing on his travels seeing the nurturing roles that many men in the United States played, particularly in the Delaware Valley region of cultures where there was a lot of influence by Society of Friends as well as a tradition of male and female equality, Tocqueville considered the separate spheres of women and men a positive development, stating: That is a vicious cycle of cause and effect.

It is therefore fair to say that a man never obeys another man, but justice, or the law.

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

A government could take the place of some of the largest association in America, but what political power could ever carry on the vast ametica of lesser undertakings which associations daily enable American citizens to control?


Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons license. After obtaining a law degree, Alexis de Tocqueville was named auditor-magistrate at the court of Versailles. Marie had the peculiarity of being a novel and a social commentary at the same time.

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Each nation little by little lost confidence in its particular laws and in its own organization; the idea of rules common to everyone occurred to men. Insects and moisture have led to its deterioration, the handwriting is particularly hard to read, and the paper is crumbling into pieces.

Theodore Sedgwick, a correspondent of Tocqueville, said jokingly that the handwriting of the latter oscillated between hieroglyphics and cuneiform. He was not the first to use the term in its modern sense see my earliest works Democracy and Civil Society and Civil Society and the Statebut he did find the new American republic brimming with many different forms of civil association, and he therefore pondered their importance for consolidating democracy.

Such a people should therefore look favorably on boldness in industry and honor it p. He does the work tocqye a researcher and does not neglect brochures, reports, collections of laws. In PennsylvaniaTocqueville spent a week interviewing every prisoner in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Friends and relatives withdrew from public life as the possibility of overturning the monarchy seemed more unreal, in particular after the month of August, when all officials were asked to swear an oath of loyalty to Louis-Philippe. As such, their ideas, without being completely opposite to those of their relatives, were inevitably different.

Tocqueville wrote the book well over a century and a half ago and much has changed in America, and in our “democracy” for that matter, since then. This same equality that makes him independent of each one of his fellow citizens in particular, delivers him isolated and defenseless to the action of the greatest number.

Nothing has yet taken its definitive place.

It seems to me that, particularly in the past eight years, we have strayed off the path of the ideals that this book represents. Because the Americans find their ideas and their books in Europe, just like their philosophy and their religion. When the majority passes unjust laws and enforces them through a powerful government, like in the French Revolution, the result is ugly: The element that thwarted the harmful effects of the unlimited desire for money soon appeared clearly; it was religion.


This is an interesting book that I don’t understand completely, but I think it’s a good and timely read to be studying about our republic and the unique freedom and democracy we enjoy in America. Man comes out of nothing, passes through time, and goes to ajerica forever into the bosom of God. Causes that will make it more dangerous.

In the context of these ideas, Tocqueville asks himself whether Catholicism is the religion that suits democratic times. While Burke and the conservatives explain that the French Revolution was nothing more than an aberration that, far from history, broke its rhythm, the liberals concentrate their efforts on demonstrating the inevitable character of history.

There were an estimatedcasualties, 3 per cent of the total population of the United States. In the second part of Democracy, this idea would force Tocqueville to give full attention to the process of administrative centralization, inasmuch as it is the first and most powerful effect of the democratic revolution, and is capable of making its effects felt even on the English aristocracy.

One — the rise of corporations and their near-invincible power — was only hinted at in Ch.

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On 26 OctoberTocqueville married Mary Mottley, thus formalizing a relationship that was already several years old. I’ll have to write a more substantial review in the future. Moreover, it is not peculiar to us.