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A Fortnight in the Wilderness
This look at Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 travels to the United States with his friend and colleague Gustave de Beaumont gives us a glimpse into the colonization of the United States. Weaving together the story of early American society with the inevitable destruction of both its natural landscapes and the natives that inhabited them, this text deals with contemporary them ...more
Hardcover, 92 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Levenger Press
(first published 1998)
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The full title of this book is actually "Quinze jours dans le desert americain." Tocqueville recounts his travels in Michigan in 1831, a time when the city of Pontiac consisted of just a few buildings, and most considered that it was too dangerous to travel to Saginaw. I grew up in and around Detroit, and it's hard for me to believe that Michigan could have been so wild and undeveloped as recently as 126 years before I was born.
Lo que más me gustó de este libro son las páginas que Tocqueville le dedica a la descripción de los bosques virgenes, lo que menos me gustó es que Tocqueville tenía razón cuando profetizaba la destrucción de los bosques que visitó en ese verano de 1831.
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he explored the effects of the rising equality of social conditions on the individual and the state in western societies.More about Alexis de Tocqueville...