In the 1920s and 30s there was a popular anti-British movement in the United States, there were even plans for war drawn up. This contemporary report from Time magazine highlights some aspects of the phenomena:
The epicentre of the anglophobe outbreak was arguably Chicago where William Hale Thompson, mayor from 1015-1923 and 1927-1931, promised to take every pro-British book in the Chicago Public Library and burn them.
The eagles of journalism, they fly high. Last Sunday, William Randolph Hearst's birds took a vicious peck at Ginn & Co., publishers, Nicholas Murray Butler, Edward W. Bok and his prizewinning Charles H. Levermore, Andrew Carnegie, "prostituted college professors" and "international bankers." And while they pecked, they made the U. S. eagle scream.Ginn & Co. is probably the largest and most famous of all text-book publishers. It publishes, among others, Muzzy's American History. Mr. Hearst's feature article charged that Ginn & Co. has joined with various peace foundations in a conspiracy backed by hundreds of millions of dollars to denationalize America, to spread British propaganda by false history-books, to prepare the way for Anglo- American Union.
80 years on, there is a Chicago politician is in the White House. Thankfully there is no evidence that he follows in Thompson's footsteps. However there was speculation in the Guardian a couple of days ago that Barack Obama might be an anglophobe:
Then there's the X factor: is it possible Obama has personal reasons for keeping the British at bay? He is known to be no fan of the British empire. His father's family directly experienced British colonial rule in Kenya; and his paternal grandfather was reportedly imprisoned and tortured during the Mau Mau uprising.
I'd be inclined to dismiss this as space filling nonsense except now I see that a columnist in Mother Jones, a mainstream magazine of the US left, is proposing that the USA invade Britain's overseas territories:
The Obama administration could tell the Caymans—now fifth in the world in bank deposits—to repeal its bank secrecy laws or be invaded; since the island nation's total armed forces consists of about 300 police officers, it shouldn't be hard for technicians and auditors, accompanied by a few Marines, to fly in and seize all the records. Bermuda, which relies on the Royal Navy for its military, could be next, and so on. Long before we get to Switzerland and Luxembourg, their governments should have gotten the message.This doesn't appear to be satirical.
(Via Reason's Hit & Run)