Festival talks by Sarah Churchwell

99. BEHOLD, AMERICA: A HISTORY OF AMERICA FIRST AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

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Professor Sarah Churchwell will offer a history of “America First,” one of Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist “America First Committee” of 1940-1941, the expression has a longer, and darker, history, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of “100 percent Americanism” and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

 

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86. PATTERNS OF THE PAST: CAN HISTORY HELP OUR FUTURE?

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A core belief behind the Chalke Valley History Trust is that by studying the past we can better prepare for the future. In this talk, we have gathered three acclaimed and eminent academics, chaired by George Gibson, to discuss the importance of understanding our past in what promises to be a highly thought-provoking and challenging discussion.

 

 

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