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Alexis de Tocqueville
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    (July 29, 1805-April 16, 1859)
    Born in Paris, France
    Parliamentary deputy from Manche department (1830-51)
    Sent by the French government to study the US prison system (1831-32)
    Wrote 'Democracy in America' (2 volumes, 1835-40) and 'The Old Regime and the Revolution' (1856)
    During the uprisings of 1848, he supported declaring a state of siege, mass arrests of demonstrators and restricting freedom of the press.
    He said that blacks and Native Americans lacked the qualities, intellectual and otherwise, to live in a democracy.
    He openly advocated racial segregation between Europeans and Arabs in Algeria.
    He was one of several deputies who tried to have Napoleon III tried for treason for staging a coup to extend his presidency beyond the constitutional limit (1851).
    He correctly predicted that the dispute over slavery would tear the US apart and that America and Russia would emerge as rival superpowers.
    'Democracy in America' is an enduring classic of political and social science, still widely assigned to college students majoring in political theory.

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