Individualism and Civility: 2012 Reflections on Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 America by Vartan Gregorian

Do Americans still do justice to the ideals of individualism that Alexis de Tocqueville believed were embodied by U.S. society? 

In a new essay by Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York, published in The Globalist, the historian and former president of Brown University and the New York Public Library, writes of the French aristocrat’s visit to the fledgling United States in 1831.  And how he observed a unique quality about Americans: the ability to balance their individualism with a commitment to doing their part for the common good.  Gregorian considers how contemporary social forces are putting this quality to the test.

Read Vartan Gregorian’s essay in The Globalist.