The Plot Against America by Philip RothIn an astonishing feat of narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial understanding with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.
For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindberghs election is the first in a series of ruptures that threatens to destroy his small, safe corner of America - and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.
Germany and the America First movement
In , the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh became a mouthpiece for the nativist and isolationist group America First. Sanger pressed him to be sure. Apparently, he liked it a lot—so much that he has made the phrase the centerpiece of his campaign. He named his energy plan after it. He was a man of secrets. He sought privacy.
His public stature following this historic flight was such that he became an important voice on behalf of aviation in general, while the enormous publicity surrounding the flight advanced the aircraft industry and led to a broader public acceptance of air travel. Lindbergh is also recognized in the annals of aviation for demonstrating and charting polar air-routes, for high altitude flying techniques, and for increasing aircraft flying range by decreasing fuel consumption — innovations which form the foundation of modern, worldwide air travel. He wrote several accounts of his famous flight, including The Spirit of St. Louis , for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in Generally unknown is that Lindbergh made important contributions in fields other than aviation, including biomedical research, conservation, and exploration. For example, he worked with American surgeon Alexis Carrel , an experimental biologist who had won the Nobel Prize in Medicine , to perfect a pump that could keep the heart and lungs alive outside the body by supplying blood and air. Among his many books, Lindbergh co-authored Culture of Organs with Carrel.
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean in — but he was only 25 years old then. Wikimedia Commons Charles Lindbergh sold plane rides and performed aerial acrobatics to pay the rent for a good two years. It is this confounding complexity — a man who was a pioneer aviator, a victim of horrific violence, an espouser of hateful speech, and a conservationist — that makes Charles Lindbergh particularly difficult to pigeonhole. House of Representatives in In , Lindbergh saw his first airplane. He later wrote :.
America First, for Charles Lindbergh and Donald Trump . Anti-Semitism was prevalent in Lindberg's time; his attitudes were not fringe. He had.
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Charles Lindbergh’s Early Life
However, by , at a time when many Americans feared being drawn into another world war, Lindbergh was also known as a spokesman for the America First Committee isolationist movement. On September 11, , Lindbergh delivered a speech in Des Moines, Iowa , in which he identified groups that he believed were conspiring to force the U. The speech was criticized in newspapers across the country, and politicians across the political spectrum denounced it. Within three months, however, the question of war was moot. Typically, daily newspapers reported news the morning after it occurred.