Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dr. Seuss and "America First"

The slogan "America First" is an old one -- used in the 1940s by Nazi sympathizers. At that time, Theodore Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) -- later known as Dr. Seuss -- was a cartoonist for a journal titled "PM." In a post today about a recent revival of this odiously-intended slogan, Language Log has a post titled:

Along with some linguistic discussion, Language Log writer Mark Liberman included some of these cartoons. Remember: they date from the 1940s!

Here's a little background from a CNN article, "Trump's 'America First' has ugly echoes from U.S. history," by Susan Dunn --
"It is extremely unfortunate that in his speech ... outlining his foreign policy goals, Donald Trump chose to brand his foreign policy with the noxious slogan 'America First,' the name of the isolationist, defeatist, anti-Semitic national organization that urged the United States to appease Adolf Hitler."

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