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The following information is offered as a resource to understand Charles Lindbergh's involvement within the Noninterventionist movement and America First Committee prior to the start of World War II. This site does not support the content of some of the information below, however, the goal of this web site is to offer a perspective of available information to make your own judgment. Please feel free to submit additional information and pictures for this page to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Charles Lindbergh provided Americans with a portrait of the European war that differed substantially from the one conceived by the Roosevelt administration...
* Source: Wayne S. Cole's, Charles A. Lindbergh and the Battle Against American Intervention in World War II
Recommended Book by Wayne S. Cole
If you're interested in a detailed account of Charles Lindbergh's noninterventionist efforts, please read the book, "Charles A. Lindbergh and the Battle Against American Intervention in World War II" by Wayne S. Cole. Although the book is out of print, it can often be found on the used book area of Amazon.com. Search for used books >>
America First Committee Overview
America First Committee, founded in September 1940, was the most powerful isolationist group in America before the United States entered World War II. It had over 800,000 members, who wanted to keep America neutral. It tried to influence public opinion through publications and speeches. America First disagreed with another powerful group, the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies.
America First Committee Original Four Principles:
Proposed Activities- September 5, 1940:
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Lindbergh America First Committee speeches on non-intervention in 1941
Lindbergh & the America First Committee
Charles Lindbergh- September 11, 1941
On September 11, 1941, Charles Lindbergh appeared in Des Moines, Iowa, to speak on behalf of the isolationist America First Committee. The famous aviator criticized the groups he perceived were leading America into war for acting against the country's interests. He expressed doubt that the U.S. military would achieve victory in a war against Germany, which he said had "armies stronger than our own." The Des Moines speech was met with outrage in many quarters, and Lindbergh was denounced as an anti-Semite. In his hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota, his name was even removed from the town's water tower.
Six years earlier, Lindbergh had moved to England with his wife to escape the publicity surrounding the kidnapping and murder of their infant son. In 1936, he inspected Germany's military aviation program on behalf of the U.S. government, and in August attended the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin as a guests of Nazi Hermann Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe. Impressed by German industry and society under Adolf Hitler, the Lindberghs considered moving to Berlin.
In 1938, Goering presented Lindbergh with the Service Cross of the German Eagle for his contributions to aviation. Returning to America in 1939, Lindbergh became an advocate of American isolationism, but was criticized for his Nazi sympathies and anti-Semitic beliefs.
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and debate over U.S. war policy came to an end. Lindbergh, who had resigned his military commission in 1939, asked to be reinstated, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt refused. The middle-aged Lindbergh later made it to the Pacific as an observer, and eventually ended up flying over two dozen combat missions, including one in which he downed a Japanese aircraft.
Download Brochures & Articles that criticized Lindbergh's American Isolationism Views and Statements
Audio clip of Lindbergh on non-intervention in 1941
Audio Clip About Lindbergh & the American First Movement
Author A. Scott Berg talks with Terry Gross, Fresh Air, about the Lindbergh and his American First activities-
Pearl Harbor Under Attack- Broadcast:
FDR-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Declaration of War full broadcast from Dec 8, 1941:
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Title: Developing for Peace: An Analysis of Charles A. Lindbergh's Views on American Foreign Policy
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