The Age of Reform
Lecture no. 32 from the course: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition
Taught by Professor Gary W. Gallagher and 2 others | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
The sense that the American Republic represented the vanguard of a new age of freedom spawned campaigns to advance American perfection and freedom. Their common message was one of optimism, but it carried the threat that a democracy would find itself incapable of achieving stability. The French observer Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, gave a favorable reading to the American future, perfectionism and all.