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Progressive Era Racism and its (Jewish) Discontents


  • Luca Fiorito


  • Tiziana Foresti



This work analyzes the contribution to the debates on labor and immigration of a group of Jewish academicians and reformers who, during the second half of the Progressive Era, explicitly took a stance against the racialist and eugenic rhetoric of the period. This group includes first-rank economists like Edwin R. A. Seligman, Jacob H. Hollander, and Emanuel A. Goldenweiser; influential field specialists such as Isaac A. Hourwich and Isaac M. Rubinow; and relatively less known figures like Max J. Kohler and Samuel K. Joseph. By focusing on the voices of these dissenters, the work enriches the emerging picture of Progressive Era eugenic and racial thought

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  • Luca Fiorito & Tiziana Foresti, 2016. "Progressive Era Racism and its (Jewish) Discontents," Department of Economics University of Siena 740, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
  • Handle: RePEc:usi:wpaper:740

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    1. Thomas C. Leonard, 2003. "“More Merciful and Not Less Effective”: Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 35(4), pages 687-712, Winter.
    2. Joel Perlmann, 2011. "Views of European Races among the Research Staff of the US Immigration Commission and the Census Bureau, ca. 1910," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_648, Levy Economics Institute.
    3. Fiorito, Luca & Orsi, Cosma, 2016. "Anti-Semitism And Progressive Era Social Science: The Case Of John R. Commons," Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Cambridge University Press, vol. 38(01), pages 55-80, March.
    4. Howard T. Lewis, 1912. "The Economic Basis of the Fight for the Closed Shop," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20, pages 928-928.
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    American Progressive Era; Edwin R. A. Seligman; Immigration; Race; Anti-Semitism;

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    • B1 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925
    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary

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