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15.05.2019 | 19.00 Uhr

Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream

This is America

Lecture by Sarah Churchwell

“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 “American Dream” and “America First” are two of the most loaded phrases in America today, and also two of the most misunderstood. The American Dream began as a pledge for equality rather than as a dream of supremacy and “making it big”. America First has not just served as an isolationist term, but as an early slogan of the Ku Klux Klan with surprising links to the present. Both phrases were born nearly a century ago and instantly tangled over capitalism, democracy and race, coming to embody opposing views in the battle to define the soul of the nation. As America struggles again to project a shared vision, to itself and to the world, Sarah Churchwell argues that the meanings and history of these terms need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed. Insightful and revelatory, she overturns everything we thought we knew about the American Dream, America First and the battle for the identity of modern America.

Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The lecture is held in English and will be streamed live on Facebook.

Venue Amerikahaus München, Barerstraße 19a, 80333 Munich

Admission free

Organiser NS-Dokumentationszentrum München in cooperation with Amerikahaus München and the Bavarian American Academy

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