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    one in the same: Alexis De Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a well-respected writer, philosopher and overall scholar of the 19th century, but he never could quite figure out one very important piece of the democratic puzzle: women. He spoke highly of the American woman; however, he took diminutive time truly getting to know her or gather her insight. Therefore, although he had the right intentions, he left America with observations on the female gender that were far from accurate. Tocqueville noted that women had the ultimate power to define household…

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    Imagine a man who is so smart that he clearly observes major enlightenments and downfalls of a new nation. Now, imagine a man who is so shy he rarely talks to women. These two men are one in the same, more commonly known as, Alexis De Tocqueville. Tocqueville was a great writer, philosopher and overall scholar of his time, but he never could quite figure out one very important piece of the democratic puzzle, women. He spoke highly of the American woman; however, he took diminutive time truly…

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    Through the American and French revolutions, we can see the extent to which the leaders of the nations had to contemplate these questions and what they believed the best answer would be. Alexis de Tocqueville experienced how poorly the French revolution was going and traveled to the United States to see what made their revolution so effective. From his observations, he saw what made America so special during their revolution; the fight and need for equality. During his time here, he determined…

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    From his extensive observations of the American people and their regime, Alexis De Tocqueville wrote the “the principle of equality has quietly penetrated deep into the institutions and manners of the country” (Tocqueville, 630). Tocqueville’s focus on the principle of equality in Democracy in America conveys his belief that the pursuit of equality lies deep in the soul of America, manifesting itself in many forms and ways in both theory and practice. Thus, the principle of equality greatly…

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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,…

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    Even though half a century separates Alexis de Tocqueville from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, both theorists share similar views on several topics including the foundation of a regime, the organization of a political power and its exercise. Tocqueville can be read in a continuity from Rousseau's ideals. In the The Social Contract (1762), Rousseau proposes a model of society where men consent to obligations in exchange for peace and security. Through this contract, citizens acquire a stable…

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    John Stuart Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville, both were advocates for individual freedom, and liberty through democracy. Mill and Tocqueville both feared tyranny, and promoted democracy so that citizens could have individual liberties, and thoughts. Mill’s ideal citizen in a democracy would be participatory, and opinionated in their beliefs. His citizen would not curtail any other citizen’s belief, no matter how far off of their beliefs it is. Tocqueville’s ideal citizen would be one who…

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    Both President Adams, and Alexis de Tocqueville discuss in their writings their opinions that human beings, by nature, will focus more on their own will, and desires than that of people separate and different from them. In the first passage, President Adams states, “…the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority…” Describing his belief that people will inherently devote more of their energy and power onto their own personal desires, rather…

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    Alexis De Tocqueville came to America during the Jacksonian era in 1831 and 1832. During his time here, he made concrete observations about everything he witnessed. His book captures his insightful generalizations on the essence of America. Tocqueville believed America was the most advanced example of a great democratic revolution. However, he identified the main problems of a democracy as the following: a disproportionately high amount of power in the legislative branch, an abuse of of love for…

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    Through these features of American democracy which de Tocqueville noted, Americans are able to balance individualism with the good of the community. The love which people in democratic nations have for both equality and liberty, results in Americans being motivated by ideals of personal gain and private interest. De Tocqueville does not imply that these rights of liberty and equality should be expelled. Rather, he believes that a political system aimed toward the benefit of the common good…

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