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Alexis de Tocqueville born JULY 29, 1805

Alexis de Tocqueville born JULY 29, 1805

Alexis de Tocqueville American Minute with Bill Federer "Americans combine...Christianity and...liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other"-Tocqueville - Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and [...]

One Frenchman’s Observations on America

One Frenchman’s Observations on America

American Minute with Bill Federer     On APRIL 16, 1859, French historian Alexis de Tocqueville died. After nine months of traveling the United States, he wrote Democracy in America in 1835, which has been described as "the most comprehensive...analysis of character and society in America ever written." Alexis de Tocqueville [...]

Alexis de Tocqueville on America

Alexis de Tocqueville on America

Alexis de Tocqueville American Minute with Bill Federer Alexis de Tocqueville was born JULY 29, 1805. A French social scientist, he traveled the United States in 1831, and wrote a two-part work, Democracy in America (1835, 1840), which has been described as: "the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between [...]

More “Civic Engagement”

More “Civic Engagement”

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III My university is now considering a proposal to make “public service” and “civic engagement” part of the tenure consideration process. I have written about the civic engagement crusade on several occasions (see here, here, here, and here). In particular, I have pointed out how making participating in the civic [...]

The Dangers of Apathy Leading to either Anarchy or Tyranny

The Dangers of Apathy Leading to either Anarchy or Tyranny

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix BB: The Dangers of Apathy Leading to either Anarchy or Tyranny It cannot be absolutely or generally affirmed that the greatest danger of the present age is license or tyranny, anarchy or despotism. Both are equally to be feared; and the one may proceed as easily as the other from [...]

Of the nature of military governments among democratic ideas

Of the nature of military governments among democratic ideas

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix AA: Of the nature of military governments among democratic ideas I have often asked myself what would happen if, amid the laxity of democratic customs, and as a consequence of the restless spirit of the army, a military government were ever to be established among any of the [...]

The Dangers of Democracy Leading to a Centralized Government

The Dangers of Democracy Leading to a Centralized Government

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix Z: The Dangers of Democracy Leading to a Centralized Government Not only is a democratic people led by its own taste to centralize its government, but the passions of all the men by whom it is governed constantly urge it in the same direction. It may easily be foreseen that almost [...]

Of Men’s Means and Ends vs. That of God’s

Of Men’s Means and Ends vs. That of God’s

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix Y: Of Men's Means and Ends vs. That of God's Men place the greatness of their idea of unity in the means, God in the ends; hence this idea of greatness, as men conceive it, leads us to infinite littleness. To compel all men to follow the same course towards the same object is a [...]

An Army Afraid of War

An Army Afraid of War

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix X: Physical Gratification and a Taste for Well-Being leading to an Army Afraid of War.  In the chapter to which this note relates I have pointed out one source of danger; I am now about to point out another, more rare indeed, but more formidable if it were ever to appear If the [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix W

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix W

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix W Aside from all those who do not think at all and those who dare not say what they think, the immense majority of Americans will still be found to appear satisfied with their political institutions; and I believe they really are so. I look on this state of public opinion as an [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix V

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix V

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix V It is not the equality of condition that makes men immoral and irreligious; but when men, being equal, are also immoral and irreligious, the effects of immorality and irreligion more easily manifest themselves, because men have but little influence over each other, and no class [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix U

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix U

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix U I find in my traveling-journal a passage that may serve to convey a more complete notion of the trials to which the women of America, who consent to follow their husbands into the wilds, are often subjected. This description has nothing to recommend it but its perfect [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix T

Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Appendix T

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix T Some aristocracies, however, have devoted themselves eagerly to commerce and have cultivated manufactures with success. The history of the world furnishes several conspicuous examples. But, generally speaking, the aristocratic principle is not favorable to the growth of trade and [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix S

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix S

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix S If we attentively examine the constitution of the jury in civil proceedings in England, we shall readily perceive that the jurors are under the immediate control of the judge. It is true that the verdict of the jury, in civil as well as in criminal cases, comprises the questions [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix R

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix R

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix R The Federal Constitution has introduced the jury into the tribunals of the Union, just as the states had introduced it into their own several courts; but as it has not established any fixed rules for the choice of jurors, the Federal courts select them from the ordinary jury list [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix Q

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix Q

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix Q To be a voter in the county (those who represent landed property) before the Reform Bill passed in 1832, it was necessary to have unencumbered, in one's own ownership or on lease for life land bringing in at least 40 shillings' income. This law was enacted about 1450 under Henry [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix P

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix P

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix P The first American newspaper appeared in April 1704, and was published at Boston. (See Collections of the Historical Society of Massachusetts, Vol. VI, p. 66.) It would be a mistake to suppose that the press has always been entirely free in the American colonies: an attempt was [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix O

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix O

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix O It is true that the powers of Europe may carry on maritime wars against the Union; but it is always easier and less dangerous to undertake a maritime than a continental war. Maritime . warfare requires only one species of effort. A commercial people which consents to furnish its [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix N

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix N

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix N There is no question on which the American Constitutions agree more fully than on that of political jurisdiction. All the Constitutions which take cognizance of this matter give to the House of Representatives the exclusive right of impeachment; excepting only the Constitution of [...]

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix M

Tocqueville, Democracy In America, Appendix M

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Appendix M The most esteemed authors who have written upon the English Constitution agree with each other in establishing the omnipotence of Parliament. Delolme says (Chap. X, p. 77): "It is a fundamental principle with the English lawyers, that Parliament can do everything except make a [...]

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