26 December 2007

Sinclair Lewis quote


An update on the provenance of a quote supposedly from Sinclair Lewis.

The Sinclair Lewis Society traced the quote. They forwarded me this message:

In early February of 1948, Sinclair Lewis was quoted in the Gazette and Daily, a York, Pennsylvania, periodical, as saying, "When fascism comes to the United States it will be wrapped in the American flag and will claim the name of 100-percent Americanism ... "

Nothing about a cross.

A site called "Everything Shii Knows" provides a New York Times article from 1938, reproduced here, which credits the Huey Long version to Prof. Halford E. Luccock of Yale Divinity School.

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