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The most dreadful of all the evils that threaten the future of the United States arises from the presence of blacks on its soil.

Like so many of his other predictions about America, he saw that the evil of racism and slavery was bound to cause the nation to implode. And this was decades before the Civil War, but the problem was inescapable to a critical observer like de Tocqueville.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859, French Foreign Minister & Writer, Democracy in America

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Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Born: June 29, 1805
  • Died: April 16, 1859
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Historian

Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville was a French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was best known for his works Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes, 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both, he analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals as well as their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after Tocqueville's travels in the United States and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.

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