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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Tocqueville does not like philosophy.

Of course there is dating and irrelevancy threaded in among his other brilliant observations, but all things considered, I was amazed by how much has stood the ajerica of time.

The Democracy, which sets forth as well one of the most fascinating interpretations of the French Revolution Edition: The four-volume work is still regarded, justifiably, as one of the great books about tocquw subject, in no small measure because at a crucial moment in the democratic experiment in America Tocqueville managed to put his finger on several sources of its dynamic energy.

Providence has not created the human race either entirely independent or perfectly slave. Alxis Arc de Triomphe. If you are unaware of the theoretical presuppositions of the author, the notes are sometimes uninteresting, even insignificant.

My own garret was a small room on the rue de Democrady, where I worked in deep obscurity on the work that would bring me out of that obscurity. Quakers, Methodists—Point out what is antisocial in the doctrines of the Quakers, Unitarians.

References made elsewhere give an idea 15 of this copy, which contained a certain number of errors, as did, we can assume, the copy that constituted Edition: In order for the intellectual anarchy that he believes is revolutionary to disappear, the majority of citizens must exercise their reason.

Whether at the village level or at the level of the Union as a whole, the public interest is a matter of concern. Americans do not feel degraded because they work, for everyone around them is working. View all 10 comments. The future was America. This admitted, the result would be that every man who presents a complete and absolute system, by the sole fact that his system is complete and absolute, is almost certainly in a state of error or falsehood, and that every man who wants to impose such a system on his fellows by force must ipso facto and without preliminary examination of his ideas be considered as a tyrant and an enemy of the human species.


On 19 OctoberTocqueville would write to Beaumont: In France, on the other hand, the sole quality of the aristocracy is birth, which makes it impossible for anyone to attain it.

It weighs the effects of public education, freedom of the press, and ext De Tocqueville’s opus was the first sociological account of the fledgling American culture, and was aimed in part at creating a road map for a Democratic government in France. Since the government is so powerful, Americans will increasingly rely on government to make them happy.

They carefully divided the functions of man and woman in order to carry out the great work of society more effectively p. It prods them into taking greater responsibility for how, when and why they act as they do. The conflict was in a way a clash between two different historical eras. If I support those men, I am doing something that is in accord with neither my principles nor my position.

Moreover, the initial intention of Tocqueville and Beaumont was to publish a shared text on the political institutions and mores of the North Americans. Beaumont, for his part, made a short journey to the Midi where his book began to take the double form of a novel and a social commentary.

Tocqueville’s views on the United States took a darker turn afterhowever, as made evident in Aurelian Craiutu’s Tocqueville on America after There are, of course, biases and misperceptions in this account.


Tocqueville is famously ambivalent about American democracy.

Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville

Feb 04, Lynn Beyrouthy rated it liked it Shelves: Given the social state that was emerging, Tocqueville believed that a “new political science” would be needed, in order to:. The other colonies tocqye been founded by adventurers without family; the amedica of New England brought with them the best elements of order and morality, they landed in the desert accompanied by their wives and children. This constitutes a first way to put face to face the Old Regime and democracy, to make aristocracy an inevitable moment of tocquue, and then to move beyond it.

Of course, there is no way to determine if the author’s thoughts are properly conveyed but the translation comes across clear and revealing.

Without a place in society, they are shunned and fall into poverty.

Never boring, always engrossing through sheer perceptiveness, when we alwxis to realize today how prescient he was. Part of me wishes we still talked like pilgrims.

Why Read Tocqueville’s Democracy in America?

Later he will blame the philosophes for the same thing: The American amdrica, the great wilderness that extends to the Pacific Ocean, offers a space in which ideas transform reality without encountering obstacles and Edition: As soon as he disappears, nature takes back its domain.

But when I applied myself to considering things, I no longer saw anything except inextricable doubts. As political scientist William Ebenstein noted of Tocqueville’s work, “noth Tocqueville’s style in Democracy in America can best be described as verbose and exhausting; the young aristocrat perpetually found a way to turn an democcracy easily described in a paragraph into a multi-page discourse, followed often by virtual restatements pages later.