GONE VIRAL: In The 1940s, US War Department Released This Video To Tell Americans Not To Fall For Fascist Rhetoric

In the 1940s, The US War Department Released This Video To Tell Americans Not To Fall For Fascist Rhetoric

An anti-fascist film produced in the wake of the second world war has gone viral in the wake of the Charlottesville event that culminated in one person being killed and 19 injured this weekend.

Don’t Be a Sucker was released in 1947 by the US war department, building on an earlier wartime version made in 1943. The 17-minute film depicts a man lamenting African Americans and “foreigners” taking jobs, before drawing parallels between such white nationalism and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.

A clip was shared widely on Twitter and elsewhere on Sunday, as people drew parallels between the scene depicted in the film and the current climate in the US.

Don’t Be a Sucker was produced by the US war department to warn Americans against fascism, and it was retweeted over 130,000 times last weekend

It’s easy to see why Don’t Be a Sucker has had such an impact.

The clip opens with a man on a soap box declaring himself “an American American” and railing against people “holding jobs that belong to me” to a seemingly appreciative crowd.

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1947 anti-fascist video made by US military to teach citizens how to avoid falling for Fascist rhetoric is relevant again. pic.twitter.com/vkTDD1Tplh