"In the sections of Kentucky and Tennesse[e] that we traversed the men are tall and strong. They have a national physiognomy and a rough and energetic appearance. They are not, like the inhabitants of Ohio, a confused mixture of all the Americn races: on the contrary, they are all sprung from the same stem and belong to the great Virginia family. They possess, then, to a much greater degree than all the Americans we have seen up to now, that intuitive love of country, a love mingled with exaggeration and prejudices, entirely different from the reasoned sentiment and refined egoism tha bear the name patriotism in almost all the States of the Union.
Tocqueville (Pierson 588)
"The entire State of Ohio presents a spectacle no less extraordinary. It possesses a million inhabitants, the whole lot arrived in this area within 30 years. Everywhere there reigns an appearance of well-being and of universal prosperity. The soil is extremely fertile and there is no region more happily situated for commercial enterprises.
The population of Ohio is made up of very dissimilar elements. The first settlements in this region were made by inhabitants of New England, which still sends a great number of emigrants. On the other hand, some came and still are coming every day from Virginia and the other Southern staes, whose customs are very different from those of the North. Finally there are in Ohio some Germans and Irish come from Europe with still different ideas and customs. All these diverse peoples find themselves amalgamated together, and their combination creates a moral being whose portrati it wuold be very hard to draw."
Tocqueville (Pierson 553)
"We didn't have any idea what the States of the West were like. One can estimate their character very swiftly once one has seen the others; but without [first] seeing them it is impossible even to imagine them. All that there is of good or of bad in American society is to be found there in such strong relief, that one would be tempted to call it one of those books printed in large letters for teaching children to read; everything there is in violent contrast, exaggerated; nothing has falled into its final place: society is growing more rapidly than man."
Tocqueville, letter to his mother (Pierson 566)