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Sarah Churchwell

Published: May 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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  • The Dark Story of America First
  • Ashburton Hall, Elizabeth II Court
  • Saturday 6 October
  • 11.30–12.30

"America First” is one of Trump’s favourite slogans. But what is the history behind it? The expression has a long, dark past – a story of racism, xenophobia, nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, entangled with a home-grown fascism that America pretends “can’t happen here.”


Sarah Churchwell is professor of American literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her books include Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe.


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