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Reconstructing Democracy: Tocqueville and Du Bois

Instructor(s): Adom Getachew
Fall 2021

Over the last few years, ideas of democratic crisis and democratic breakdown have been pervasive in public and scholarly discussion. This course examines two classical texts on American Democracy, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction. We will think through central puzzles of democratic politics—from majoritarianism to the role of racial identity and imperial expansion guided by Tocqueville and Du Bois.

PLSC 23615 | PLSC 33615 | CCCT 23615 | CCCT 33615