Date of Award


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Restricted Thesis

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Shokr

Second Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


The 1939 Madison Square Garden rally of the Nazi-aligned German-American Bund created jarring images that recently reemerged in the public consciousness. Outside of the event itself, little attention is paid to the effect that it had on the Jewish community, the responses it provoked, and the fault lines that it exposed within the community. New attention, through seldom-explored publications from the weeks before and after the Nazi rally, sheds light on these aspects of the Jewish community during a moment of insecurity, identity crisis, and diverging understandings of Americanness in the face of its undermining by antagonistic forces.