The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour
Exploring Democracy in America
May 9, 1997 - February 20, 1998

Traveling Tocqueville's America
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I confess that in America I saw more than America; I sought the image of democracy itself, with its inclinations, its character, its prejudices, and its passions, in order to learn what we have to fear or hope from its progress.

~ Alexis de Tocqueville

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Tocqueville Today
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American Journey
Information on Tocqueville's visit to America
Democracy in America
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Tocqueville in France
Pictures of Tocqueville's hometown
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C-SPAN Tour Dates
When and where to see the C-SPAN School Bus as it follows Tocqueville's journey
Journal Entries From Tocqueville's Trip
Writings by Tocqueville and Beaumont from each stop along their journey
Democracy in America Teaching Modules
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For the next nine months, the C-SPAN School Bus will embark upon an extensive road trip exploring Democracy in America. C-SPAN will retrace the steps of Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, who traveled throughout the U.S. in 1831 with his friend, Gustave de Beaumont. Starting in Newport, RI, the bus will wind its way along the eastern half of the U.S. in search of what democracy means today. We'll stop in communities Tocqueville visited and discuss the same issues he raised -- issues such as religion and politics, the impact and power of the press and the changing role of government.

We're still putting this trip together, so let us know what you think. What have you heard or read about Tocqueville lately? What are some examples of democracy in action in your town? You can reach us directly via e-mail. And check this site again soon for more updates about "The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour."

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