Retracing the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 journey.

In de Tocqueville’s book Democracy in America, he is quoted as saying, “…I know of no other country where love of money has such a grip on men’s hearts or where stronger scorn is expressed for the theory of permanent equality of property.” In my op...

Tocqueville describes one such fellow:

 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Historical-Critical Edition, 4 vols. [1835]

Alexis de Tocqueville - Wikiquote

When discussing race relations, he recognizes that the presence of the black race in America and the occupation of blacks in slavery could threaten the continuation of the United States as a Union and a republic.

de Tocqueville America - Constitutional Rights …

for the first time the judicial power judged an act of the congress inconstitutional)
it can only act when called upon
Tocqueville also noticed..
american constitution was rigid
constitutions can be changed by the will of the people following established forms and in cases for which provisions have been made.
in the United States the constitution dominates the legislators as well as ordinary citizens.
in France the constitution is the highest law, and judjes have an equal right to base their decisions on it
Federal Principles
on of the most importan reason why Democracy in america was working and still is now, its because of decentralization of
Americans have a federal form of state.
We have 2 separate levels of government in America
State Government
Federal Government
Democracy as a way to promote virtue by giving eveyone a stake in the public walfare.
People will support a law and order that they helped to create
even the lower classes are informed and take part.
Democracy can easily become tyrannical
the main premise of democracy is the absolute sovereignity of the majority but majority could have a great danger.
3 branches of American governement were not eqaul in power.

Alexis de Tocqueville: “Democracy in America”

The Tocqueville series is launched with a live program from the Tocqueville family chateau. Descendants of Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont, Tocqueville scholars and others discuss the family origins and history of both men.

Democracy In America : Alexis de Tocqueville : …

Famous events from American history — the movement West, the Civil War, the , involvement in World Wars I and II, the New Deal and the Great Society — have been expressions of American political culture. Many events have questioned and answered various interpretations of American values and beliefs. But most of all, the political culture defines political attitudes, institutions, and activities that are most cherished in American political life.

Democracy in America Summary | GradeSaver

It seems to contain his own worst fears for democracy and proposes one hypothetical outcome for a society founded on the principle of equality of conditions.

An Unhinged Democracy in America by Ian Buruma - …

It is practically the sole means of counteracting the materialistic tendencies of democratic peoples by turning people's minds beyond the physical, material aspects of life.

Democracy in America : Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805 …

Beginning in May 1997, the C-SPAN School Bus retraced the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, who traveled throughout the U.S. in 1831 with his friend, Gustave de Beaumont. Starting in Newport, RI, the bus explored the eastern half of the U.S. Over 9 months, the Bus made 55 stops along Tocqueville's route and discussed the same issues he raised -- issues such as religion and politics, the impact and power of the press and the changing role of government.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America ..

He uses "materialism" precisely to denote those theories "which tend to suggest that everything perishes with the body." (544) Tocqueville infers that "the taste for physical pleasures" is especially strong in democracies; but, while this may make democratic peoples most susceptible to materialist attitudes, the pursuit of wealth should not itself be identified with materialism
as such.