Alexis De Toqueville

Daniel Richards

Alexis de Tocqueville was born July 29, 1805.
Tocqueville was born in Paris, France
He died April 16, 1859.
French sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) traveled to the United States in 1831 to study its prisons.
1835 wrote a book called Democracy in America.
Alexis de Tocqueville was born in 1805 into an aristocratic family recently rocked by France’s revolutionary upheavals.
After attending college in Metz, Tocqueville studied law in Paris and was appointed a magistrate in Versailles, where he met his future wife.
April 1831 they set sail for Rode Island.
The travelers returned to France in 1832
equality was the great political and social idea of his era, and he thought that the United States offered the most advanced example of equality in action.
He also noted the irony of the freedom-loving nation’s mistreatment of Native Americans and its embrace of slavery.
Tocqueville’s works shaped 19th-century discussions of liberalism and equality, and were rediscovered in the 20th century as sociologists debated the causes and cures of tyranny.
His life in politics and writings on political science.
His work in comparative and historical sociology.


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