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Tocqueville in America

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Publisher Comments:

"Wilson Pierson assembles an extraordinary amount of material about Tocqueville's nine-month tour: letters, newspaper accounts, memoirs. The result is a monumental companion, as illuminating about a classic work of history and sociology as that work is about democracy in America." — Washington Post

Book News Annotation:

Drawing on diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts, the author reconstructs the nine-month journey that Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont took in the early 1830s to study the American system of government. Originally published as Toqueville and Beaumont in America by Oxford University Press in 1938.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835) has become a touchstone for almost any discussion of the American polity. Taking as its topic the promise and shortcomings of the democratic form of government, Tocqueville's great work is at or near the root of such political truths as the litigiousness of American society, the danger of the tyranny of the majority, the American belief in a small government that intrudes only minimally into the daily lives of the citizenry, and Americans' love of political debate. Democracy in America is the work of a 29-year-old nobleman who, with his friend Gustave de Beaumont, traveled the breadth of Jacksonian America to inquire into the future of French society as revolutionary upheaval gave way to a representative government similar to America's. In his magisterial Tocqueville in America, George Wilson Pierson reconstructs from diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts the two Frenchmen's nine-month tour and their evolving analysis of American society. We see Tocqueville near Detroit, noting the scattered settlement patterns of the frontier and the affinity of Americans for solitude; in Boston, witnessing the jury system at work; in Philadelphia, observing the suffocating moral regimen at the new Eastern State Prison (which still stands); and in New Orleans, disturbed by the racial caste system and the lassitude of the French-speaking population.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 825-833) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801855061
Author:
Pierson, George Wilson
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Pierson, George Wilson
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Tocqueville, alexis de, 1805-1859
Subject:
United States Social life and customs 1783-1865.
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed.
Series Volume:
no. 217
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
880
Dimensions:
9.12x6.14x2.04 in. 2.79 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835) has become a touchstone for almost any discussion of the American polity. Taking as its topic the promise and shortcomings of the democratic form of government, Tocqueville's great work is at or near the root of such political truths as the litigiousness of American society, the danger of the tyranny of the majority, the American belief in a small government that intrudes only minimally into the daily lives of the citizenry, and Americans' love of political debate. Democracy in America is the work of a 29-year-old nobleman who, with his friend Gustave de Beaumont, traveled the breadth of Jacksonian America to inquire into the future of French society as revolutionary upheaval gave way to a representative government similar to America's. In his magisterial Tocqueville in America, George Wilson Pierson reconstructs from diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts the two Frenchmen's nine-month tour and their evolving analysis of American society. We see Tocqueville near Detroit, noting the scattered settlement patterns of the frontier and the affinity of Americans for solitude; in Boston, witnessing the jury system at work; in Philadelphia, observing the suffocating moral regimen at the new Eastern State Prison (which still stands); and in New Orleans, disturbed by the racial caste system and the lassitude of the French-speaking population.
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