On June 20, 1941, Lindbergh spoke to 30,000 people in Los Angeles and billed it as a "Peace and Preparedness Mass Meeting", Lindbergh criticized those movements which he perceived were leading America into the war.
He had feuded with the Roosevelt administration for years.In that speech, he identified the forces pulling America into the war as the British, the Roosevelt administration, and American Jews.While he expressed sympathy for the plight of the Jews in Germany, he argued that America's entry into the war would serve them little better.Membership peaked at 800,000 paying members in 450 chapters. Fundraising drives produced about 0,000 from some 25,000 contributors.It was one of the largest anti-war organizations in American history. Douglas Stuart, co-founder of Quaker Oats), along with other students, including future President Gerald Ford, future Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, and future U. Nearly half came from a few millionaires such as William H. Smith Richardson of the Vick Chemical Company, General Robert E. Patterson (New York Daily News) and his cousin, publisher Robert R. The AFC was never able to get funding for its own public opinion poll.