Ideologies and Utopias: The Impact of the New Deal on American Thought

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EIGHT
The Wave of the Future

IN THAT INTERVAL in the Second World War between its outbreak in Europe and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Anne Morrow Lindbergh published a short and poignant essay entitled The Wave of the Future. Daughter of the eminent financier and diplomat Dwight Morrow, and wife of the celebrated aviator Charles Lindbergh, Mrs. Lindbergh was also distinguished in her own right. She had seen the rise of totalitarianism and militarism in Europe in her travels abroad, and she feared their extension to the United States. Also nostalgic about the individualistic ideals and values of a treasured American past which was now beyond recall, she tried to analyze the reasons for her distress and the possibilities for the future. Like many Americans who held aloof from the political activities in which her husband, for example, was engaged via the America First Committee and who, at the same time, did not look upon the European conflict as a holy crusade calling for American involvement, Mrs. Lindbergh sought some semblance of a rational faith or understanding to explain a war-torn, war-mad world. What, in particular, she asked, was America's role in such a world?

Because the United States enjoyed a rich heritage of reform, Mrs. Lindbergh "hoped that in America, if nowhere else in the

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Ideologies and Utopias: The Impact of the New Deal on American Thought
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • One - The Crisis in the American Dream 3
  • Two - The Search for Solutions 36
  • Three - Roosevelt in a Word 72
  • Four - Toward a New Public Philosophy 105
  • Five - Life Can Be Beautiful 141
  • Six - A Chorus of Dissent 177
  • Seven - War and the Intellectuals 208
  • Eight - The Wave of the Future 245
  • A Note on Sources 267
  • Notes 271
  • Index 297
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