Review by Missy G. Flinn

Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 classic novel, It Can’t Happen Here, is enjoying something of a revival. It’s easy to see why. The narrative lends itself to comparisons with the current political scene in America—a point that has been exploited by both ends of the the political spectrum, each side throwing shade at the other.

But its underlying message isn’t quite so simple.

The book is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, the importance of an informed citizenry, and how the complacency of ordinary citizens can lead, bit by bit, to a crisis. Even in America.

Here’s a recording of my review of It Can’t Happen Here from the fall 2018 issue of Pathways magazine.

It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis from Ohio Humanities on Vimeo.

 

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