Democracy in America assignment
As promised last Thursday, here are the parameters for your analytical reviews of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Your papers should be formatted like any formal academic paper, and remember to properly cite everything you use.
In an essay of 500-750 words, please do the following: (1) Explain who was Alexis de Tocqueville, and why his biography is relevant? To put it another way, before you can understand why he visited America, you have to understand where he came from. What in his background accounted for his interest in American politics and society?
(2) Explain why de Tocqueville visited America when he did, and what did he come here to do? Once he was here, where did he go? What kinds of people did he meet? How long did he stay?
(3) Explain why it matters that Alexis de Tocqueville was French.
(4) Explain de Tocqueville’s audience. Who did he write this for? How did he come to be read in America? Once you are comfortable you understand 1-4, then you’ll turn to the fifth element of this project.
(5) Select a single concept or chapter from Democracy in America and explain how de Tocqueville’s observations on that theme stand as a unique observation of Jacksonian-era American politics and society. You are free to choose any that strike you as interesting. However, because this sort of work is new to many of you.
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