Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
White Ethnic New YorkJews, Catholics, and the Shaping of Postwar Politics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Joshua M. Zeitz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830956

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807872802_zeitz

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use (for details see http://www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 August 2018

Fascism

Fascism

Chapter:
(p.89) 4 Fascism
Source:
White Ethnic New York
Author(s):

Joshua M. Zeitz

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807872802_zeitz.8

America was seen by the Catholic Church as a hierarchical and organic society and by Jewish religious leaders as the realization of individual freedom. This distinction was a common source of tensions between Catholics and Jews. Jewish New Yorkers believed that “fascist” conformity posed the greatest menace to democracy and that it violated the individual's sacred right to free conscience. In contrast, many Catholic New Yorkers viewed “Godless communism” as a threat to the delicate bonds of community and nation. This chapter examines the profound cultural discord that drove much of early Cold War politics in New York City. In particular, it shows how the city's Catholics and Jews viewed democracy in relation to communism and fascism by highlighting the political storm created by May Quinn, a seventh-grade social studies teacher from Brooklyn. The chapter also considers the Jews' support for United Nations-style internationalism and a fortified welfare state to counter European-style fascism, in contrast to Catholics' strong distrust of liberalism.

Keywords:   fascism, Catholics, Jews, democracy, communism, New York City, May Quinn, internationalism, welfare state, liberalism

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .