Book cover of Travels with Tocqueville Beyond America by Jeremy Jenningsby Jeremy Jennings

A revelatory intellectual biography of Tocqueville, told through his wide-ranging travels—most of them, aside from his journey to America, barely known.

It might be the most famous journey in the history of political thought: in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville sailed from France to the United States, spent nine months touring and observing the political culture of the fledgling republic, and produced the classic Democracy in America.

But the United States was just one of the many places documented by the inveterate traveler. Jeremy Jennings follows Tocqueville’s voyages—by sailing ship, stagecoach, horseback, train, and foot—across Europe, North Africa, and of course North America. Along the way, Jennings reveals underappreciated aspects of Tocqueville’s character and sheds new light on the depth and range of his political and cultural commentary.

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art of Dan Snow's History HitDan Snow’s History Hit 
Tocqueville: The Search for Liberty, Equality & Democracy
5/3/23          27 min

Live at the National Constitution Center 
Lessons from Tocqueville in America
3/14/23           53 min

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