Charles A. Lindbergh: The Power and Peril of Celebrity 1927 - 1941
July 2003, ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell
When his baby was kidnapped and killed during the lowest days of the Great Depression, the nation wondered whether it was a sign of its moral shortcomings. As World War II broke out in Europe, Lindbergh became one of the first to use his celebrity to promote a cause. His impassioned speeches against American involvement in the war illuminate the intense debate over intervention in the late 1930s.
Using documents culled from a variety of sources, Roberts and Welky explore the significance observers found in Charles Lindbergh at the height of his fame and examine the power and peril of modern celebrity. In doing so, they add depth to our understanding of American interwar culture.
Part One: The Flight: A Hero Is Born.
Part Two: The Kidnapping: Celebrity's Dark Side.
Part Three: An Exile's Return: The Battle for America.
David Welky is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas and specializes in cultural history of the 1920s and 1930s. He is the author of (with Randy Roberts) One For The Thumb: The New Steelers Reader (2006) and The Steelers Reader (also with Randy Roberts, 2001).