Tocqueville in the Wilderness
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Tocqueville in the Wilderness: The Tragedy of Aristocracy in the Democratic Age. (2018). The Political Science Reviewer, 42(1), 34-61.


Alexis de Tocqueville distinguished between aristocratic and democratic historiography in Democracy in America, but this distinction can also be traced in his posthumously-published travelogue, "Fortnight in the Wilderness." In it, Tocqueville leverages literary device to represent Native Americans as aristocrats whose way of life is irreconcilable with a democratic worldview. The effect is a tragic mood that ought to inform our reading of Tocqueville's broader political project.

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