What Winston Churchill Understood about America

Winston Churchill (Library of Congress)
‘The third great title-deed’ of freedom, he called it. American exceptionalism drew its moral strength from British exceptionalism.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n July 4, 1918, Winston Churchill chaired a meeting in London to deliver a message to the American people celebrating their Independence from Great Britain: “[We] rejoice that the love of liberty and justice on which the American nation was founded should in the present time of trial have united the whole English-speaking family in a brotherhood of arms.”

Churchill, then serving as Britain’s minister of munitions, had good reasons to be grateful for the United States. After four years of slaughter in the First World War, over 900,000 British soldiers lay dead — and Britain and her allies were hardly


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