Economists and Eugenics: Progressive Era Racism and Its (Jewish) Discontents

  • Luca Fiorito
  • Tiziana Foresti
Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)


This chapter 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, this chapter enriches the emerging picture of Progressive Era eugenic and racial thought.


American Progressive Era Edwin R. A. Seligman Immigration Race Anti-Semitism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Fiorito
    • 1
  • Tiziana Foresti
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Research on International Markets, Banking, Finance and RegulationBocconi University MilanMilanoItaly

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