Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America

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In this work, Tocqueville studies democracy via the civil practices he observed during a tour of the newly-independent American colonies. While in America, he noticed that wealth circulated more freely without hereditary ranks and distractions.

Study Guide Questions:

  1. Why does Tocqueville want to study democracy in America?
  2. How does Tocqueville view equality in America?
  3. How does Tocqueville view the role religion plays in America, specifically with regard to politics and social order?