Andrew Bellis '14, Gettysburg College
Student Research Paper
Date of Creation
Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has served for centuries as one of the foundational works on American government. This in turn has led to many readers accepting the prescriptive statements made about democratic governments. This paper seeks to examine Democracy in America to develop a precise understanding of Tocqueville’s definitions of liberty and equality. Upon arriving at a definition, this paper will then examine democracies past and present in order to determine whether or not Tocqueville’s definitions are the most desirable for a modern democracy.
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Bellis, Andrew, "Illuminating or Blinding? An Examination of Tocqueville’s Conceptions of Liberty and Equality" (2014). Student Publications. 215.