SOCI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Alexis De Tocqueville, Political Sociology

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4 Jun 2020
The legacy of the American Revolution is to keep equality and liberty together
For rich white, land-owning men
The problem for tocqueville was that after the French Revolution, Napoleon becomes
Tocqueville was born 1805, already no more freedom bc ….
When Napoleon is defeated, the Bourbons come back to power
Never seen an election, never saw freedom
Thinks that America is really different from anything that’s happened
Tocqueville describes equality as fundamentally just
Believes what he is trying to figure out is new political science (political
The puritans built from the beginning, a model of freedom
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