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Biography of an Idea: The Founding Principles of Public Relations by Edward L. Bernays

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President Harding keynoted the post-World War I isolationism of the United States with his plea for a return to normalcy. But in 1931, when the Japanese invaded Manchuria, and in 1935, when Mussolini invaded Ethiopia, this country started to realize that we were part of the world. Even so, isolationism was by no means a dead issue. When Hitler invaded the Rhineland in 1936 there were no vigorous moves in this country to try to stop him. The belief prevailed that the desire of business to sell munitions was to blame for World War I. George Gallup found, as late as 1937, that 70 per cent of the American people thought it a mistake to have entered World War I. The neutrality acts of 1935, 1936 and 1937 were passed ...

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