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Join us on 12 March for Professor Sarah Churchwell’s fascinating discussion of the dark history of the slogan ‘America First’. Currently a favourite of Donald Trump and his supporters, the phrase is often attributed to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941. Yet it is actually at the heart of a much longer and more complicated story, one of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, protectionism and ‘100% Americanism’, isolationism and a home-grown fascism that America continues to pretend ‘can’t happen here’.
Professor Sarah Churchwell is a professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has written widely about American literature, culture and history across the long 20th century (1890 to the present), employing a close reading of cultural discourse to focus on American myths and icons. Her books include Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream (2018), Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby (2013), and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (2004).