Yesterday and To-day in America
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 19 Oct 1940, p. 129-147
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Yesterday and To-day in America


The speaker addresses us as a resident of the United States, voicing what he believes to be a cross-section of the opinion of the man on the street. Some recent history from the last quarter of a century, from 1914. Looking at the composition of the population of the United States. Influences of minority groups. The situation in 1938 in the U.S. The White War. The war of nerves. Doing all those things necessary to keep the United States from aiding its former Allies. Propaganda groups. A look at each of the propaganda groups: the Totalitarian Nations; the Democracies; the special interest groups, such as the Irish, the Jews, the Pacifists; the Non-Interventionists. The fifth columnists. The Frei Verein fur das Deutschthum, the German organization that looks after the organization of Germans abroad. How public opinion is swayed. How different things are when compared with the last World War. What censorship meant then, and now. The role of the tabloid newspaper, and radio. An illustration of how the propaganda worked. The example of the British War Debts. The lack of knowledge by the general public as to the true state of affairs in 1938-39. A review of the events of 1939, and the part propaganda and ignorance played. Now making ready to defend America. Measuring the task and seeing the time-lag that dilatory tactics had forced on us. Realizing that the British were fighting our enemy. Changing viewpoints. Britain furnishing us (the Americans) with Atlantic bases. Sending the destroyers. A change in propaganda, in volume and in purpose. Knowing what faces us if Britain falls. Knowing now that Britain is not going to fall. Maintaining and intensifying efforts to aid Britain. Some concluding words to show the feeling of the man on the street in the United States.