The Arc of Civilization - Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville - Episode 4/14
Democracy in America is a dramatization of Alexis de Tocqueville’s book which follows Tocqueville and his companion, Gustave de Beaumont, from their landing in New York in May of 1831 through their departure nine months later.
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De La Démocratie en Amérique published in two volumes is a classic French text by Alexis de Tocqueville. Its title translates as On Democracy in America, but English translations are usually simply entitled Democracy in America. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous several hundred years.
He begins his book by describing the change in social conditions taking place. He observed that over the previous seven hundred years the social and economic conditions of men had become more equal. The aristocracy, Tocqueville believed, was gradually disappearing as the modern world experienced the beneficial effects of equality. Tocqueville traced the development of equality to a number of factors, such as granting all men permission to enter the clergy, widespread economic opportunity resulting from the growth of trade and commerce, the royal sale of titles of nobility as a monarchical fundraising tool, and the abolition of primogeniture
Originally Broadcast 2/7/1962
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