[Ads-l] Antedating of "America First"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Mar 2 12:40:54 UTC 2019

I agree with Churchwell p. 41 that "America first" was "not suddenly...invented by an individual...."

E.g., June 18, 1855, Philadelphia Inquirer 1:3;

"As an American citizen, I prefer this rain [it was raining] or any other reign, than the reign of foreignism. (Applause.) I could have America first, last, and always. I could go for America first,...."


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The OED's first use citation for the phrase "America first" is dated 1915.  Sarah Churchwell _Behold, America_ (2018) discusses a number of earlier uses of "American first" beginning in 1884, at pages 39-40 of her book.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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