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Author Hart, Bradley W., author
Title Hitler's American friends : the Third Reich's supporters in the United States / Bradley W. Hart
Imprint New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2018
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  E806 H325 2018    AVAILABLE    30530001329911
Edition First edition
Descript 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-283) and index
The Bund -- The Silver Legion and the chief -- The religious right -- The senators -- The businessmen -- The students -- America First! -- The spies
"A book examining the strange terrain of Nazi sympathizers, nonintervention campaigners and other voices in America who advocated on behalf of Nazi Germany in the years before World War II. Americans who remember World War II reminisce about how it brought the country together. The less popular truth behind this warm nostalgia: until the attack on Pearl Harbor, the nation was deeply, dangerously divided. Bradley W. Hart's Hitler's American Friends uncovers the homegrown groups who sought to protect and promote Hitler, leave Europeans (and especially European Jews) to fend for themselves, and elevate the Nazi regime. Some of these "friends" were Americans of German heritage who joined the Bund, whose leadership dreamed of installing a stateside F├╝hrer. Some were as bizarre and hair-raising as the Silver Legion, run by an eccentric who claimed that Hitler fulfilled a religious prophecy. Some were Midwestern Catholics like Father Charles Coughlin, an early right-wing radio star who broadcast anti-Semitic tirades. Some were even members of Congress, who used their franking privilege--sending mail at cost to American taxpayers--to distribute German propaganda. And celebrity pilot Charles Lindbergh ended up speaking for them all at the America First Committee. We try to tell ourselves it couldn't happen here, but Americans are not immune to the lure of fascism. Hitler's American Friends is a powerful look at how the forces of evil manipulate ordinary people--and how we stepped back from the ledge."-- Provided by publisher
Subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Public opinion
Germany -- Foreign public opinion, American -- History -- 20th century
National socialism -- Public opinion
Fascism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Antisemitism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
German American Bund -- History
United States -- Relations -- Germany
Germany -- Relations -- United States
Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Alt Title Third Reich's supporters in the United States
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