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Democracy in America (1962)



Democracy in America

(1962)

Documentary / Drama

Cast: Barry Morse, Alan King, Dorothy Gordon

Democracy in America is a 30 minute educational show aired in 14 episodes produced by the Division of General Education of New York University and the Fund for Adult Education.  For an educational program based on an over 100 year old work, Democracy in America is an engaging and well-acted radio drama.  Democracy in America includes dramatizations as well as discussions on the situations presented in the dramatization.

Democracy in America is based on a two volume book of the same name (actually the name it was published under was ‘De la démocratie en Amérique’) published in France in 1835 by Alexis de Tocqueville.  Democracy in America is an important reference work that delves deep into the democratic system that is used in America , and how it relates to government, the economy and American sociology.

Democracy in America started out as a commissioned report by the French government, who send Alexis de Tocqueville to do a tour of American prisons and report on them.  However, Alexis de Tocqueville did much more than report on prison, taking detailed notes on all aspects of American society.  Alexis de Tocqueville submitted his report on prisons to the French government in 1832, and spent the next three years writing Democracy in America Volume 1 which was released in 1835, and five years on Democracy in America Volume 2 which was released in 1840.


“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” — Alexis de Tocqueville (July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859) was a French political historian best known for, ‘Democracy in America




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