An Introduction to Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

Alexis de Tocqueville wanted to establish a successful democracy in France, so he turned to the newest example of democracy available in the early nineteenth century: the young American government. Learn more about the observations from his book, Democracy in America, with a short informative video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair with a unit on early American government or the French Revolution
  • Encourage learners to research other democracies around the world, and to compare them to their own country's political system
Classroom Considerations

  • The three-minute video is a short introduction to the full analysis, which is available for purchase on the publisher's website; the full version is also available with a free trial membership
  • Comment section is open to the public
  • Clicking on the video's ad will bring you to the main website
  • Consider adding discussion questions or a journal prompt
Pros

  • Uses a helpful metaphor to symbolize a successful democracy
  • Animation is illustrative and engaging
Cons

  • None