Was Lindbergh a pragmatist or an idealist? What are examples that would show me better of him being one or the other?What historical precedent did Lindbergh site to support his position?  

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might encounter some different levels of discussion with this topic.  To be honest, I might come across as a bit critical of Lindbergh and I willingly accept this, so take it as you will.  I think that Lindbergh as a pragmatist in the highest form.  I don't think he commenced his quest without any sort of idealism.  His desire to fly across the Atlantic was motivated by the pursuit of a prize purse at over $20,000.  He was able to use the media to advance his cause, as he willingly understood the risks involved in such widened media exposure.  On his return back, Lindbergh was more driven by his personal sense of privacy, and not in advancing any sort of idealistic agenda.  In the 1930s, with America vacillating as to whether to fight against the rise of Fascism or not, Lindbergh spoke out against American intervention.  His fostering of isolationism was influenced to a certain extent by sympathies towards the Nazi agenda.  I am not sure there was much in way of idealism here as much as practicality and pragmatic thought at work.