Who are the main characters in "The Plot Against America?"

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Phillip Roth's novel, "The Plot Against America" is a compelling novel of alternative history.  The setting is era of Franklin Roosevelt, but instead of FDR becoming president, prior to WWII, Charles Lindbergh is elected.  Lindbergh was a great pilot for the United States, but he was also an isolationist and anti-Semitic.  The novel is centered around this specific era in history and Roth incorporates his family as the main characters with the premise of what happens if Lindbergh is elected President and forms a friendly relationship between Hitler's Germany and the US.

The main characters are Herman and Besse Roth, Phillip who is nine years old in the novel, Sandy Roth who is Phillip's older brother as well as their Jewish neighbors. 

"Roth brings in many historical characters: Father Coughlin, the extremist Catholic priest; Walter Winchell, the Jewish newspaper reporter Lindbergh; the German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop; Fiorello La Guardia; and many others."

However, the main characters are the Roth family, their neighbors and extended family.

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