In the novel, author Philip Roth changes one single historical fact and watches the imaginary fall-out of that change. The year is 1940 and Franklin Delano Roosevelt loses the election to aviation hero and alleged anti-Semite, Charles Lindbergh. This fictional alteration has diametrically opposite effects on the reactions of the Jews of America and on the rest of America’s citizens.
Told through his own eyes as a 7-year-old, Roth uses himself, his family, and his community to discuss the ripple effects of such a grand unsettling event. After all, these are the war years in Europe and the Jews of Europe are suffering horribly. Roth describes a two-year period, 1940 to 1942, in order to explore whether ethnic hatred and murder could come to the great United States of America in the same manner and with the same consequences as it did in Europe at that time. How safe were Americans then? How safe were American Jews at that time? And really, how safe is everyone today? Read this amazing book to uncover Roth’s conclusions.
This Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (81 pages) for Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America includes:
• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions
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