Behold, America with Sarah Churchwell
A History of America First and the American Dream.
'The American dream is dead,' Donald Trump said when announcing his candidacy for president in 2015. How would he revive it? By putting 'America First'. The phrase has become the anthem of his presidency and is adored by his supporters.
Behold, America recounts the unknown history of the most contentious phrases in the American political playbook – the 'American Dream' and 'America First' – using the voices that helped shape the debate from Capitol Hill to the newsroom of the New York Times,students to senators, dreamers to dissenters.
As America struggles again to project a shared vision, to itself and to the world, Sarah Churchwell argues that only by understanding the origins and aspirations of those who first used the expressions can the true spirit of America be reclaimed. Be prepared to have everything you thought you knew about the United States of America turned on its head.
Sarah will be in conversation with Dr Michell Chresfield, Lecturer, US History at the University of Birmingham.