Alexis de Tocqueville – March 22, 1832

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s March 22, 1832. I’m in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with French writer, Alexis de Tocqueville. He’s writing a book titled Democracy in America,

JG: “Monsieur De Tocqueville, what would you say is the key to the success of this nation?”

ADT: “Mr. Gillespie, on my arrival in the United States, the religious aspect of your country was the first thing that struck my attention. I perceive great political consequences resulting from your love of Christianity and liberty.”

Democracy in America is a classic text on the American form of government.

Read more about Alexis de Tocqueville and his book, Democracy in America.


John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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