'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 phrase has become the anthem of his presidency and is adored by his supporters. As America struggles to project a shared vision, to itself and to the world, Sarah Churchwell argues that only by understanding the origins and aspirations of its mantras, and those who first used the expressions, can the true spirit of America be reclaimed. Be prepared to have everything you thought you knew about the United States turned on its head. Host Julia Wheeler.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature at the University of London. She regularly writes for The Guardian and New Statesman and comments on arts, culture and politics for television and radio.
Sunday 23 February 2020, 2–3pm, The Arden Theatre. £5
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