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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I have always believed, you know, that constitutional monarchies would arrive at the republic; and I am persuaded as well that Protestantism will necessarily end up at natural religion. When individualism was a positive force and prompted people to work together for common purposes and seen as “self-interest properly understood”, then it helped to counterbalance the danger of the tyranny of the majority since people could “take control over ddmocratie own lives” without government aid.

Alexis de Tocqueville

You have pushed too far a scruple, otherwise very laudable, of not wanting to publish anything that had not absolutely received the final touch of the author. Democracy’s GuideHarperCollins Publishing,p. The inhabitants of the United States des;re retard the calamities which they apprehend, but they cannot now destroy their efficient cause.

A few days spent on the other side of the Channel enlightened Tocqueville about his error. Both of his parents had been jailed during the Reign of Terror. This great nation is entirely in the state of mind of a sailor at sea or a soldier in the field. As part of the old aristocracy of my country myself, I had neither hatred nor natural jealousy against the aristocracy, and since this aristocracy was destroyed, I did not have any natural love for it either, for we are strongly attached only to what is alive.

Only the exceptional physical conditions of the United States seemed to justify the survival of the republic and allow the free exercise of interest: I declare that in covering the history of peoples, when I see the victors and the vanquished, I can very much admire the conqueror whose value shines before my eyes; but all the sympathies of my heart are for the conquered country.

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Tocqueville thought that the recent political tension with the United States would not fail to increase interest in and curiosity about the American continent and could therefore create a favorable situation for the success of the Democracy.

I believed that by acting in this way I have fulfilled the strict duty of a Frenchman. Finally, ddespre translation follows these more specific principles: Since everything in aledis 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.

You are part of that memory, like all of those memories in my life that deserve to be remembered. Odilon Barrot President of the Council.

At the end of June Tocqueville wrote to his family: Every text is unstable for a long time.

The pioneer is, necessarily, occupied entirely by the search for a minimum of commodities. He proceeded to do a new catalogue of the manuscripts 4 and obtained the money necessary for the continuation of the work of copying.

Their baggage included dozens of letters of introduction and a few works on the United States: Tocqueville speculates on the future of democracy in the United States, discussing possible threats to democracy and possible dangers of democracy. Not only does it cure the plague of pauperism that torments England, but also it gives to the aristocracy the most fatal blow that it demoxratie receive.

They must be treated with caution.

But the author himself recognizes that the power that cemocratie the mass will always be aristocratic because, as he says repeatedly, it is impossible for all men to have the time and leisure necessary to occupy themselves with works of the mind.

For it inn be otherwise would be difficult. Because of the jury system, “they were better informed about the rule of law, and they were more closely connected to the state.

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Everything that precedes is nothing more than the means that the majority uses to express and to maintain itself, and those that are put to use by the minority to attack or to defend itself. Then we will be forced to agree with the judgment that once relegated them to oblivion. Such a state of things has never been able to subsist except at the two extremes of civilization.

A recent revolution had revived in his country political passions that were desprd to be extinct. Richelieu Dessolles Pasquier M.

Alexis de Tocqueville – Wikipedia

In his later letters Tocqueville indicates that he and Beaumont used their official business as a pretext to study American society instead. For their part, Tocqueville and Beaumont were confronted with a difficult choice: During the Second Republic, Tocqueville sided with the parti de l’Ordre xmerica the socialists.

But such a combination is not always in evidence”. Tocqueville swore an oath, and justified his decision by the fear of anarchy:. In particular, the author differentiates between what he terms “dominance” and a particular version of “colonization”. Nine volumes appeared in the space of tocqueviloe years. Archived 21 May at the Wayback Machine. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Retrieved 23 June Aggravated, the individual mind kills reason and its relation to practice, and with it liberty and political confrontation.

According to Tocqueville, assimilation of black people would be almost impossible and this was already being demonstrated in the Northern states. The final result would forever obliterate the daily debates of the two travelers.