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2019.2.33-.58

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26 stamps of various sizes:

2019.2.33: “America First” in shape of shield

34: DEMOCRACY BEGINS AT HOME

35: MEMORIAL DAY 1941

36: 1ST BIRTHDAY

37: Benjamin Franklin quote

38: Abraham Lincoln in profile

39: HELP!

40: WAR? What For?

41: Birthright

42: DEMOCRACY BEGINS AT HOME (duplicate of .34)

43: Franklin D. Roosevelt quote

44: NO FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

45: cartoon with two men

46: AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE

47: AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE (duplicate of .46)

48: NATIONAL UNITY?

49: NATIONAL UNITY? (duplicate of .48)

50: Thomas Jefferson quote

51: “Isn’t it great to be an American”

52: Make America Strong

53: Make America Strong (duplicate of .52)

54: John Q. Public

55: John Q. Public (duplicate of .55)

56: Remember You’re an American

57: America First

58: There’s No Way Like the American Way

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:The America First Committee, founding in 1940, was a non-interventionist group opposed to military involvement in a European War. It had opposed sending aid to Britain-Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program-fearing that it would lead inexorably to America’s involvement in yet another European war. Among the numerous luminaries supporting this movement were the Kennedys, Charles Lindbergh, and Father Coughlin. Indeed, Joseph P. Kennedy, America’s ambassador to the Court of St. James, urged appeasement with Hitler, fearing that a war with Germany could not be won. Father Coughlin, militant anti-Semitic priest who would hurl invective at Jews on his popular radio program, was also part of this movement. Charles Lindbergh’s speech in Iowa in 1941, however, elevated the taint of anti-Semitism in claiming that Jews were pushing for a war that was not in America’s national interest, alluding to their broad influence in the press, radio and cinema. Lindberg downplayed his own racist and anti-Semitic views, as well as his admiration and sympathy for Hitler, which undergirded his defeatist stance.

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America First Committee

American Isolationist Sentiment WWII: Pre-War Propaganda Stamps Advocating Non-Involvement in Europe

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