Jews and Early American Modernism

In the crossover in the Liberal Club between Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side in New York in the 1910s, we’re looking at the embryo of the Modern mainstream.

Specifically, we are looking at Jewish radicals from the Lower East Side like Emma Goldman, the alienated Anglos from the Midwest like Floyd Dell, Sinclair Lewis and Sherwood Anderson, the alienated European ethnics like Theodore Dreiser and fellow traveler H.L. Mencken and the Eastern radicals from Columbia and Harvard like Randolph Bourne, John Reed and Walter Lippmann coming together in a scene that mixed modernist art and radical leftwing socialist and anarchist politics in the Village.

Jews were heavily involved in this scene from the beginning. Walter Lippmann whose life we are going to explore at length was a key figure and a cofounder of The New Republic which was the more mainstream organ of the Greenwich Village radicals. Emma Goldman was a fixture there. The editors of The Seven Arts were James Oppenheim (Jewish), Waldo Frank (Jewish) and Paul Rosenfeld (Jewish).

Note: Adolph Ochs bought the New York Times in 1896 and through him it has been passed down through the Sulzberger family.

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    • Maybe the.wasp elites sir, you insult the rank and file, would you like us to disappear, you think the world or this country would be a better place? I highly doubt it.

      • Terry Smith,

        No. I am actually quite fond of David Irving, Mark Collett, and Dr. Edward Dutton. All three are righteous Anglos.

      • LOL. Ben Franklin wasn’t sure Germans were White. George Washington didn’t think anyone was White unless they put money in his pocket, and, yes old Geo beat his darkies. All the rest fell somewhere in between.

    • Of course, it was the Catholic chuch itself that introduced Jews to Europe. Whenever there was a populist uprising against Jews, they would run into the Catholic cathedrals where they would be protected from the mob by the Catholic clerics. E. Michael Jones proudly documents how the Catholic church protected their Jews from the regular people who wanted to drive them out on a rail.

      In the court of the Catholic monarchs, they always had their “Court Jews” and there was plenty of religious cross-contamination where various Catholic lord would convert to Judaism, often so they could join the financial system. Jews were, of course, given a monopoly on finance, by the Catholic chuch.

      Outside of a specific part of the online white nationalist ghetto you will find basically zero people of “immigrant” background that actually have this hysterical prejudice against “WASPs” or Americans in general. Remember, “racism” is officially a sin in Catholicism – these people aren’t actual Catholics, they are historical fetishists, LARPers.

      Obviously, quite a lot of overlap with the Hitler cult, too. The Hitler cult is of course promoted by Jews and the Germanophilia is promoted by Jews, all for obvious reasons.

      If these people were as well organized as Jews, and as smart as the people who run the ADL, they would be an actual danger to Americans. But they aren’t, there are just a bunch of cranks that haunt online message boards because no one is real life with listen to them.

      The Catholic church ran Europe for 1,000 years, and for the vast majority of that time, Jews were welcome into the Catholic ruling class as the faithful tax collectors of the Empire.

  1. @November: I have no love for the old Anglo Saxon elite that once ruled this country. Many of them were only loyal to their class, not their race.

  2. Talmud is still the basis of the culture, even if many who live by it do not know or have never even heard of it. Pharisaism may be anti-White, but it is primarily and essentially anti-Christ.

  3. (A.D. 1899-1900) The Jews attempt to have the word “Christian” removed from the Bill
    of Rights of the State of Virginia.

    (A.D. 1906-1907) The Jews of Oklahoma petition the Constitutional Convention
    protesting that the acknowledgement of Christ in the new state constitution then being
    formulated would be repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.

    (A.D. 1907-1908) Widespread demand by the Jews during this year for the complete
    secularization of public institutions of this country, as a part of the demand of the Jews for their constitutional rights.

    Supreme Court Justice Brewer’s statement that this is a Christian country widely controverted by Jewish rabbis and publications.

    (A.D. 1912-1913) The alarming growth of the Jewish population in New York makes it
    necessary for business men advertising for clerks or secretaries, or housewives advertising for help, to specify where Jewish help was not desired, otherwise the flood of Jewish applicants was overwhelming.

    The expressions “Christian preferred,” or “Jews please do not apply” are used. This year the New York Kehillah takes the matter in hand stating that “these advertisements indicate an alarming growth of discrimination against Jews and it is remarkable that many firms which cater to the trade of Jews display this form of prejudice.”

    (A.D. 1918-1919) The American Jewish Committee took up the alleged discrimination
    against Jews by army contractors. Louis Marshall, president of the Committee, notified Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War, that advertisements had appeared calling for carpenters to work in government camps, and that the advertisements required the applicants to be Christians.

    Secretary Baker replied that he had made an order prohibiting contractors from making this
    discrimination. (On the whole, this special form of advertisement may appear rather stupid: how
    many Jewish carpenters are there? Not enough to discriminate against. But there were doubtless other reasons.)

    (A.D. 1919-1920) In this year the Kehillah was so successful in its New York campaign
    that it was possible for a Jewish advertiser in New York to say that he wanted Jewish help, but it was not possible for a non-Jewish advertiser to state his non-Jewish preference. This is a sidelight both on Jewish reasonableness and Jewish power.

    (A.D. 1907-1908) Jews agitate in many cities against Bible reading, Christmas celebrations or carols. In Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Paul and New York the Jewish opposition to the carols is met with strong counter-movements.

    (A.D. 1909-1910) On demand of Jews the school board of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania votes
    to discontinue the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in the schools.

    In Kentucky State Senate, Jews defeat the Tichenor Bill making the Bible a book eligible for the schools.

    (A.D. 1910-1911) Jews oppose Bible reading and singing of hymns in Detroit schools.

    (A.D. 1911-1912) Upon the urgence of two Jews the Hartford, Connecticut, school board
    votes on the question of abolishing all religious exercises in the schools. The motion is lost by 5
    to 4.

    Jewish pupils in Passaic, New Jersey, school petition the board of education to eliminate
    the Bible and all Christian songs from the school.

    At the request of a rabbi, three principals of
    Roxbury, Massachusetts public schools agree to banish the Christmas tree and omit all references to the season in their schools.

    Jewish pupils of Plainfield, New Jersey petition the abolition of the Bible and Christian songs from the schools.

    (A.D. 1912-1913) Annual Convention Independent Order of B’nai B’rith at Nashville,
    Tennessee adopts resolution against reading the Bible and singing Christian songs in public

    (A.D. 1913-1914) This year the energies of the Jewish powers were concentrated on the
    task of preventing the United States from changing the immigration laws in a manner to protect the country from undesirable aliens.

    (A.D. 1916-1917) Jews are busy carrying out an immense campaign against the “literacy clause” of the immigration bill.

    During the 1960s, Jewish power finally succeeded in pushing through a new immigration law designed to bring more non-Whites into the United States, the Jewish ADL crowed about its success.

    The November 1965 issue of the ADL Bulletin, the group’s internal publication, carried an article by the director of the ADL’s law department, Sol Rabkin, who was present at the signing of the new law by President Lyndon Johnson.(Also present at the signing was Benjamin R. Epstein, then the national director of the ADL.)

    Under the heading “The restrictive national origins quota system is finally abolished — after a forty year fight,” Rabkin boasted: “The Anti Defamation League is proud of the educational role it played in helping to bring this about.”

    The same issue of the ADL Bulletin had a notice of the appointment of the director of the ADL’s Washington office, Herman Edelsberg, to the
    government post of executive director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he could work more effectively to force the racial mixing of employees in shops and offices all across America.

    In this regard it is interesting to note that the ADL actually has two “equal opportunity” programs.

    One — that headed by Mr. Edelsberg in 1965 and by others since then — is to give Blacks and
    other minorities precedence over Whites in hiring and promotion for blue-collar and clerical

    By the mid-1970s ADL of B’nai B’rith had had very substantial success in virtually every phase of its campaign to undermine White society in America.

    It still was moving aggressively on a dozen fronts: introducing resolutions to require “Holocaust” indoctrination for Caucasian children in the public schools;

    demanding the rewriting of school textbooks and the reworking of school curricula to make them appropriately “multi-racial”

    and eliminate what the ADL complained was the “principally White, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon view of America” presented by older texts and curricula; pushing Christian churches, both Protestant and Catholic, to make even further changes in their doctrines, so that their teachings about Jews would consist of nothing but the most fulsome praise; lobbying the government to punish American companies refusing to trade with the Israeli State; asking for more restrictive anti-gun laws; etc.

  4. “Down in a tall busy street he read a dozen Jewish names on a line of stores; in the door of each stood a dark little man watching the passers from intent eyes—eyes gleaming with suspicion, with pride, with clarity, with cupidity, with comprehension. New York—he could not dissociate it now from the slow, upward creep of this people—the little stores, growing, expanding, consolidating, moving, watched over with hawk’s eyes and a bee’s attention to detail—they slathered out on all sides. It was impressive—in perspective it was tremendous.”
    —The Beautiful and Damned; Book Two, Chapter III (The Broken Lute); F. Scott Fitzgerald; 1922

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