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An Aviation Hero Advocates Isolationism

The interwar peace movement was arguably the largest mass movement of the 1920s and 1930s, a mobilization often overlooked in the wake of the broad popular consensus that ultimately supported the U.S. involvement in World War II. The destruction wrought in World War I (known in the 1920s and 1930s as the "Great War") and the cynical nationalist politics of the Versailles Treaty had left Americans disillusioned with the Wilsonian crusade to save the world for democracy. Senate investigations of war profiteering and shady dealings in the World War I munitions industry both expressed and deepened widespread skepticism about wars of ideals. On the right wing of the antiwar movement, Charles A. Lindbergh, popular hero of American aviation, was a champion of isolationism and a prominent member of the America First Committee, organized in September 1940. In this 1941 speech, he drew on a time-honored theme of American exceptionalism as he urged his listeners to avoid entanglements with Europe.

Source | "An Independent Destiny for America": Charles A. Lindbergh on Isolationism," History Matters, http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5163
Creator | Charles Lindbergh
Item Type | Speech
Cite This document | Charles Lindbergh, “An Aviation Hero Advocates Isolationism,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed August 18, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1278.

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