Alexis de Tocqueville

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Tocqueville, Alexis de (1805-1859)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Alexis de Tocqueville was a scholar and statesman known for his analysis of the French Revolution’s failures and the problems of government intervention.

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Race and the American Union

by John L. O'Sullivan in 1838

Tocqueville believed that America’s race problems could destroy the Union, but O’Sullivan naively argues that Manifest Destiny was unavoidable.

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In Defense of Lawyers (Sort Of)

by John L. O'Sullivan in 1838

John L. O’Sullivan challenges Tocqueville, arguing that he misrepresented democracy and misidentified American aristocracy.