I’m working on a History question and need guidance to help me study.

1) How does Tocqueville describe the American “frame of mind?” How can you compare his definition of the American mindset to that of other writers/thinkers we’ve studied this semester, specifically John de Crevecoeur and Thomas Jefferson?

2) How does Tocqueville compare the “old world” to the “new world?” Where in this excerpt do you see Tocqueville’s critiques and praise of American society, culture, politics, and economy? How would John Winthrop and Thomas Paine react to his assessment?

The Most Blessed of the Patriarchs, Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination

by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf

6-8 complete pages (Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced).


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