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Tocqueville in America

Author: George Wilson Pierson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [1996] ©1938
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Johns Hopkins paperbacks editionView all editions and formats
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Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (1835) has long been a touchstone for almost any discussion of the American polity. Tocqueville, a 29-year-old French nobleman, traveled the breadth of Jacksonian America with his friend Gustave de Beaumont to inquire into the future of French society as revolutionary upheaval gave way to a representative government similar to America's. In Tocqueville in America, George  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Gustave de Beaumont; Gustave de Beaumont; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Wilson Pierson
ISBN: 0801855063 9780801855061
OCLC Number: 35249399
Notes: "Originally published as Tocqueville and Beaumont in America in a hardcover edition by Oxford University Press, 1938"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 852 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A celebrated book --
Part I: Behind the journey of a prophet --
2. The education of an aristocrat --
3. The decision to visit America --
and a good excuse --
4. Preparations for escape. Part II: Knickerbocker America --
5. Havre to New York --
38 days --
6. Reception in New York --
7. First impressions of the Americans --
8. Society and the city authorities --
9. Sing Sing --
the prison --
10. Sing Sing --
reflections on American society --
11. Finding a philosophy --
and losing it --
12. June in New York --
13. Taking stock of impressions. Part III: New York to Buffalo --
14. To Albany by sloop and steam --
15. A state without a government? --
16. Where once the Iroquois ... --
17. The exile of Lake Oneida --
18. Auburn --
where humanity meant the whip --
19. Encounter with a governor, a squirrel, and a jurist. Part IV: Great Lakes and Canada --
20. Fortnight in the wilderness --
21. Fortnight in the wilderness (cont) --
22. On the upper lakes --
23. Thunder of waters --
24. Lower Canada: A lost empire? Part V: New England: The heart of the experience --
25. To Stockbridge, Boston, and bad news --
26. The chilliness of Boston --
and the Poles --
27. The aristocrats unbend --
28. Boston (cont.) social observations and lesson on the jury --
29. With the leaders of church and state --
30. Sparks --
and local self-government --
31. Mr. Adams and Dr. Channing --
32. Two Massachusetts prisons --
33. Seen (and not seen) in Connecticut --
34. Connecticut afterthought. Part VI: Philadelphia and Baltimore --
35. The heavenly prison of the philanthropists --
36. Sounding the Pennsylvania mind --
37. Baltimore --
38. Beaumont's Marie --
39. Philadelphia again. Part VII: Ohio and Mississippi --
40. Journey to the Ohio: The hazards of stage and steam --
41. Cincinnati --
42. Ohio --
or reflections on the manufacture of an American state --
43. Winter road to Memphis --
44. Tennessee reflections --
45. Encounter with Choctaw Indians --
and an accident --
46. Two famous books --
and an exile named Houston. Part VIII: New Orleans to Washington --
47. '24 Heures a la Nouvelle Orleans' --
48. From Mobile to the Chesapeake --
49. Mr. Poinsett explains --
50. 'What makes a republic bearable' --
51. Washington receives the commissioners --
52. Federal studies and the return. Part IX: The interpretation of an experience --
53. 1832-1840: Through disgrace and disillusion --
54. The prison report and a prison crusade --
55. The materials for Tocqueville's book --
56. The design of the Democratic --
57. Tocqueville's work in retrospect: Its defects --
58. Tocqueville's work in retrospect: Its enduring qualities.
Other Titles: Tocqueville and Beaumont in America
Responsibility: by George Wilson Pierson.
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