By Matthew Mancini
Finished in its chronology, the works it discusses, and the commentators it severely examines, Alexis de Tocqueville and American Intellectuals tells the astounding tale of Tocqueville's reception in American suggestion and tradition from the time of his 1831 stopover at to the U.S. to the flip of the twenty-first century.
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One additional example will underscore this crucial point. It is notable because, like the Capper essay, it used Tocqueville in a manner that was manifestly outside Tocqueville’s own expressed area of interest. Also like Capper, the author-editors of the work in question are distinguished scholars, Christopher Waldrep and Donald G. Nieman. In Local Matters: Race Crime, and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century South (2001),21 a collection of essays on Southern legal history, these two respected historians opened their introduction by adverting to the observations of ‘‘de Tocqueville’’ that the law in America stood as a bulwark against the unrestrained force of public opinion and majoritarian tyranny.
Also like Capper, the author-editors of the work in question are distinguished scholars, Christopher Waldrep and Donald G. Nieman. In Local Matters: Race Crime, and Justice in the Nineteenth-Century South (2001),21 a collection of essays on Southern legal history, these two respected historians opened their introduction by adverting to the observations of ‘‘de Tocqueville’’ that the law in America stood as a bulwark against the unrestrained force of public opinion and majoritarian tyranny. ’’ they inquired (ix).
18. Robert D. Richardson, Emerson: The Mind on Fire: A Biography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), 453; the exhaustive research conducted by Merton M. , Melville’s Reading, rev. and enl. ed. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988), reveals no reference to Tocqueville; no record of either Tocqueville or Beaumont, including the Penitentiary System, appears in Marion L. Kesselring, Hawthorne’s Reading 1828–1850: A Transcription and Identiﬁcation of Titles Recorded in the Charge-books of the Salem Athenaeum (New York: New York Public Library, 1949).