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Democracy in America: Alexis de Tocqueville

This site from the University of Virginia's American Studies Website does much more than provide an online edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. It offers contextual history not only for Tocqueville's famous trip but for the American Republic about which he made his trenchant, albeit biased, observations. The site features a virtual tour following Tocqueville's route in 1831 that includes his itinerary, a map of his route, and a travel narrative studded with piquant quotations from Tocqueville's letters and writings. Separate sections summarize and comment upon Tocqueville's encounters with Native Americans, slavery, religion, and the life of women in the early Republic (see the February 14, 1997 Scout Report for a review of this last section). Other sections discuss European Perspectives on Democracy, Tocqueville's Informants, Inland Navigation, Southwest Humorists, European Travellers in America in the same decade, and more. A key word/phrase search engine allows users to quickly locate on-site materials on particular subjects.
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Date of Scout Publication 1999-11-16
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