Tocqueville en Alabama

Abstract : Political theory neglected to face to the institutions of slavery and segregation and to racism ‘s issues in Western democracies since their birth. Is Alexis de Tocqueville, and his best seller Democracy in America (1835) accountable of this persistent nonsense? Because he authored the first book which defines democracy not as the regime of equal rights but of equal conditions for everybody? Thus in his inaugural book, Tocqueville observes the oppressed condition of blacks and American Indians, but this does not moderate or temper his enthusiasm for the American democratic model. Why? To understand the reason for There is Something About Democracy, Helene Thomas came back in his footsteps in Alabama, an emblematic state of racial segregation and Indian deportation that began just under the eyes of Tocqueville while he was traveling in the South of the United States. The author examines this enigma of disregard and proposes some ways to get out of this bad political faith.
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Hélène Thomas. Tocqueville en Alabama. 2016, ⟨http://www.reseau-terra.eu/article1312.html⟩. ⟨hal-01728091⟩

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