In 1831 Tocqueville set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7,000 miles. The result was DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA- a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th-century America. Tocqueville's study of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted by every American president since Eisenhower. It remains a key point of reference for any discussion of the American nation or the democratic system.
Alexis de Tocqueville
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20 May 2003
Chronology; further reading; translator's notes; democracy in America, notes; Two Weeks in the Wilderness ; Excursion to Lake Oneida .
The French sociologist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) was active in the law and served for a time as foreign minister. He also wrote L'Ancien Regime. Gerald Bevan is the translator. Issac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell and edited The Federalist Papers for Penguin.
Reviews for Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America
No better study of a nation's institutions and culture than Tocqueville's Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer. -The New York Times The Bradley edition of Tocqueville's classic is the best now available in English. -Charles A. Beard Professor Bradley's edition should remain the standard one for our time. -F. O. Matthiessen With an Introduction by Alan Ryan