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Trump’s ‘America first’ theme has Chicago connection

January 31st, 2017

You can connect the dots of Donald Trump’s “America first” theme back to Chicago.

The president used the phrase during his inaugural address. But it dates back to 1940 when the America First Committee was created to oppose efforts to fight the Nazis in World War II.

That group was led by wealthy business leaders, including Robert E. Wood, a retired U.S. Army general who became president (and later chairman) of Sears. Allstate Insurance was started under the Sears brand during his watch.

Interestingly, Wood is the great-grandfather of Chicago restaurateur Keene Addington and his cousin, Sarah Emanuel, wife of Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel (whose brother is Mayor Rahm Emanuel).


Read more in my column in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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