DeTocqueville Visit to the United States

In 1831, Gustave de Beaumont and Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the United States from France to study new experimental prisons in the U.S. The research they conducted, which also included observations about American democracy and daily life in the new country, became the basis for the two volumes of Democracy in America, which was published in 1840. This section provides information about the United States in the early 1830s, including women's and men's roles, what traveling the countryside and staying in taverns was like, what kinds of money travelers used, and what important events took place when Tocqueville and Beaumont explored the new nation.

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