Chronicles Magazine Politcs

Origins and Outcome

To the degree that it is remembered at all, the America First Committee (AFC) has gone down in history as an organization most suspect, at best composed of good people serving a bad cause, at worst riddled with conscious agents of a Nazi...

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  • VIEWS

    What Might Have Been

    The America First Committee was part of democracy in action during one of the most terrifying times in human history. It was the leading pressure group appealing for mass support in opposition to involvement in World War II before Pearl Harbor.

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  • VIEWS

    Redskins and Palefaces

    The America First Committee emerged nationwide in the summer of 1940 from the initial efforts of Gerald Ford, Potter Stewart, and other Yale Law School students, seconded by law professor Edwin Borchard.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    An Unexpected Eruption

    Sweden experienced an unexpected eruption of right-wing populism this autumn. While news accounts focused on the electoral defeat of the ruling Social Democrats and the victory of a center-right coalition, the bigger story was the success of two...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    A Legal Execution

    A legal execution occurred last summer in South Carolina, the first in about two years. Donald ("Pee Wee") Gaskins, a rural Bluebeard credited with 16 murders, was embraced by the electric chair amidst general public relief and the usual...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Taking Root

    Captain Thomas Santorno, who aspired to be chief of the San Francisco Fire Department, recently achieved fame, or notoriety, when he claimed that he legitimately changed his self-identification from Gaucasian (his father) to Hispanic (his mother).

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