Lynne Olson tells Terry Gross why many students opposed U.S. intervention in World War II:
[T]hese kids were basically saying, ‘Hell no, we don’t want to go to war. This is something we absolutely do not want to do.’ And this major isolationist organization, … America First, was founded by a bunch of Yale students — Yale law students and Yale undergraduates — and among them were young men who went on to have incredibly illustrious careers. … Gerald Ford was a Yale law student and he was one of the founders of America First. Potter Stewart, who later went on the Supreme Court, was also a founder. Sargent Shriver, the first head of the Peace Corps, was a founder, as was Kingman Brewster, who later became president of Yale and, quite ironically, U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. Among the students who supported America First were John F. Kennedy, who was a Harvard senior, and Kurt Vonnegut and a young prep school student named Gore Vidal.
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