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... philosophical, impartial, and remarkably clear and distinct view of our political
institutions, and of our manners, opinions and habits, as influencing or influenced
by those institutions. Writers, reviewers and statesmen of all parties have united ...
The Americans, on the other hand, transfuse the habits of public life into their
manners in private; and in their country the jury is introduced into the games of
schoolboys, and parliamentary forms are observed in the order of a feast. THE
Recourse must be had to some other cause ; and what other cause can there be
except the manners of the people? It is in the Eastern States that the Anglo-
Americans have been longest accustomed to the government of democracy, and
to the manners of the people. I am convinced that the most advantageous
situation and the best possible laws cannot maintain a constitution in spite of the
manners of a country : while the latter may turn the most unfavorable positions
and the ...
... they are inhabitants of the wilds, we could not but despair of the future destiny
of the human race; for democracy is rapidly acquiring a more extended sway, and
the wilds are gradually peopled with men. If it were true that laws and manners ...
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The social state of these tribes differed also in many respects from all that was seen in the Old World. They seemed to have multiplied freely in the midst of their deserts, without coming in contact with other races more civilized than their own.