Guest Host: Matt McCleskey

In 1831, when Ohio was the western frontier and slavery fueled the South, a young Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to research the prison system. His reflections on American democracy have been required reading ever since. We explore a new portrait of the man and his journey through salons and saloons from Boston to New Orleans.


  • Leo Damrosch Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Harvard University; and author, "Tocqueville's Discovery of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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