Jewish Lobbyists and Immigration Policy in the Early Twentieth Century

Lecture Description

This lecture traces the role of Jewish leaders and activists in shaping immigration policy in the formative years of the early twentieth century. Turning from suspicion of new immigrants to a civil-rights approach that opposed the new calls for immigration restriction, men like Jacob Schiff, Simon Wolf, and Julian Mack put aside their significant differences to lobby against federal immigration restriction. Although they were not ultimately successful in stopping the restrictive quotas of the 1920s, Jewish leaders succeeded in creating a place at the policy table for themselves and their successors.

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Immigration Jewish

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Katherine Benton-Cohen

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