Out of Alex de Tocqueville's travels through the U.S. in the 1830's came an insightful study of a young democracy and its institutions. This edition presents Tocqueville's original text. Footnotes, bibliography. In 1831, the then twenty-seven year old Alexis de Tocqueville, was sent with Gustave de Beaumont to America by the French Government to study and make a report on the American prison system. Over a period of nine months the two traveled all over America making notes not only on the prison systems but on all aspects of American society and government.
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This book gives great insight into what factors made the US so prosperous both before and after its founding as a nation. De Tocqueville's status as a foreigner gave him a perspective of the US that allowed him a much more objective and observant point if view than if he had been an American citizen born and raised in the country. My only complaint is that it gets a little repetitive from time to time but overall the thoroughness is preferable to brevity which this book is not. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in American history.