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Fascism in America: a long history that predates Trump

A new book examines the history of far-right authoritarian US groups – and ways the public has chosen to look away

Pro-Nazi propaganda, courtesy of the US post office?

This unlikely scheme was hatched by George Sylvester Viereck, a German-born American who between 1937 and 1941 sought to marshal US sentiment against intervention in Europe.

Those who heeded him included prominent members of Congress, such as Burton Wheeler of Montana and Rush Holt Sr of West Virginia, anti-interventionist Democratic senators known for speeches that prompted accusations of antisemitism. Viereck’s contacts on…

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