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In the intervening years since the Frankfurt School carried out its labor study antisemitism continues to be a recurring problem in American and international affairs. The European mode of thinking about Jews was significantly different than the American. Likewise, the antisemitism of the early modern period, with its medieval holdovers, just did not mean much in the minds of American workers. The antisemitic response to Jewish "clannishness" revealed something about the authoritarian stance toward solidarity and collective relations. Jewish "aggressiveness" was a way for antisemitic workers to attack Jews for their perceived unwillingness to submit to the dictates of ?normal' life. Education had an important effect on decreasing violent antisemitism. Workers with only the equivalent of a grammar school education were almost three times more likely to identify with the Nazi plan to cleanse the world of Jews.

Keywords: American workers; antisemitic workers; early modern period; education; Frankfurt School; Jewish aggressiveness; Jewish clannishness; Nazi plan

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