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Professor Sarah Churchwell presents her book Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream

The 'American Dream' and 'America First' are two of the most familiar phrases in America today, and also two of the most misunderstood. The American Dream began as an exhortation to democratic and economic equality, not individual success, while America First emerged as a nativist, white-nationalist term that was much more influential in American history than has previously been recognized. In this talk, Professor Sarah Churchwell traces a genealogy of these powerful two expressions, revealing how both were born nearly a century ago and instantly tangled over capitalism, democracy and race, coming to embody opposing views in the battle to define the soul of the nation.

 

Behold America