The Question and Answer section for Democracy in America is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
While in the Alabama forest, de Tocqueville met a pioneer, his Native Mistress from the Creek Nation, their daughter, and their African slave.
True, in a Direct Democracy citizens govern themselves by voting on issues individually. Citizens have the power to veto legislative laws.
One major weakness de Tocqueville cited in regard to democracy was the re-election of presidents, which he saw as something that increased the power of the legislature.