An American Democracy
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2020 has been one of the most politically tumultuous years in recent history. Many young Americans have been left with a simple question: how did we get here? How did the United States wind up in the political sinkhole that it has fallen into? Austin Owens Kelly chooses to look for answers within Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 text Democracy in America, and chooses to explore his ideas and predictions on American democracy through the format of a one person show. Through intermittently playing both himself and Tocqueville, Kelly wishes to examine the French political theorist’s observations and connect them to the real life events of 2020 leading into 2021.