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Charles Lindbergh
American Aviator, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Environmentalist
Rare Document Signed Check Signed
To the 'America First Committee'
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1972). Pioneer American Aviator famous for piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Environmentalist.
Extraordinarily Rare Document Signed Check to the America First Committee, dated May 26, 1941, payable to Mr. Charles Lindbergh and endorsed to the 'America First Committee.' Signed: "C.A. Lindbergh" .
The America First movement was an isolationist group that opposed United States involvement in World War II. The America First Committee (AFC) was founded in September of 1940 not long after Germany's invasion of Poland. While the America First Committee had its share of prominent businessmen as well as the sympathies of political figures like Senator Burton K. Wheeler or Senator Gerald P. Nye, and future President Gerald Ford, no one figure was more representative of the movement than Charles A. Lindbergh. The heart of Lindbergh's arguments, as it would be in his America First speeches, was his advocacy of a hemispheric defense.
In one of the more conflicting and controversial periods of his long public career, as Nazi Germany began World War II, Lindbergh became a prominent speaker in favor of an isolationist policy, which was construed as being overly or pro-German, and latent with anti-Semitism. On January 23, 1941, Lindbergh testified before Congress and recommended that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler. At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 11, 1941, he accused "the Jewish race" of being behind the drive to have America enter World War II on the side of Allies. His isolationist policies led to resigning his commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps when President Franklin D. Roosevelt openly questioned his loyalty.
That said, after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he attempted to return to the Army Air Corps, but was denied when several of Roosevelt's cabinet secretaries registered objections. He went on to assist with the war effort by serving as a civilian consultant to aviation companies and the government, as well as flying about 50 combat missions (again as a civilian) in 1944 in the Pacific. His contributions include engine-leaning techniques that Lindbergh showed P-38 Lightning pilots. This significantly increased their range.
A remarkable piece of history, essential for any Lindbergh collector. Intermittent punch holes, otherwise, very good. $2,500.