Gen. Robert E. Lee

Protect and Preserve Our Monuments

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterful critique of life in 19th century America, Democracy in America, his attention was drawn to many facets of American culture at the time, commenting on the manners and temperament of the people who were living the most radical socio-political experiment at the time that defined the new American republic. The young French nobleman arrived in America in 1831, fully aware of the excesses and brutality of the Jacobin and “third estate” mobs in Paris who guillotined King Louis XVI in 1793 and executed thousands of enemies of the state during the reign of terror in…