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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Dialectic of Solidarity: Labor, Antisemitism, and the Frankfurt School and its chapters. Aside from a handful of surveys as far back as the 1830s the impulse to critically investigate workers, their revolutionary or reactionary inclinations, finally took off and came to fruition in the 1930s and 40s when, nearly alone, the Frankfurt School undertook a series of research projects into the hearts and minds of both European and American laborers. The most impressive of their projects was one conducted between 1944 and 1945 in several major cities around the United States to determine the state of readiness, on the part of organized labor, to defend democracy against the specter of fascism and Nazi ideology. In this book, the author uses the Institute's labor antisemitism report as the basis for exploring the question of working class consciousness and solidarity.

Keywords: American labourers; antisemitism; European labourers; fascism; Frankfurt school; labor; Nazi ideology; solidarity; United States; working class consciousness

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