The Revolution Of The French Revolution Essay

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Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris, France on July 29, 1805. He was born into an aristocratic family and had a relatively privileged life. His father, Herve-Bonaventure Clerel de Tocqueville, had a career in the French military as a second lieutenant. When Tocqueville was 16 years old he went to the college Royal in Metz, France to study philosophy. It was at this time that Tocqueville developed a passion for politics and he began to question the French aristocratic system. Afterwards, Tocqueville went to Paris to study law. The July revolution of 1830 had a big affect on Tocqueville’s family. Charles X abdicated, and Louis-Philippe took the throne. Because of the change of power, Alexis de Tocqueville’s position as Magistrate in Versailles was diminished and his father’s title was taken away. Tocqueville was interested in democracy and especially democracy in America. He was able to get permission from the French government to come to the United States to study prison reforms in America. Tocqueville wanted to use this as an opportunity to learn about the American political system and hopefully influence France’s political development. Tocqueville traveled to America with a friend from school, Gustave de Beaumont. Together they traveled through America and published a report titled, “On the Penitentiary System in the
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United States and Its Influence on France.” However, Beaumont focused on this report while Tocqueville used his time…

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