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American Jewish Committee
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Founded 1906
Group against anti-Semitism. The group was formed after the Russian Pogroms against Jews there.
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In response to Russia not issuing American Jews visas Jacob Schiff met with a newly elected William Howard Taft to make good on his election promise to break trade treaty with Russia - Taft declined. An angry Schiff left the White House to pursue other avenues to negate the treaty.
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Just weeks after Schiff’s meeting with Taft trying to end the Russo-American treaty went south on Schiff he rallies the American Jewish Committee and begins lobbying the House of Representatives. In December they get their wish when the House voted 300 to 1 to end the treaty. Taft got the hint and ended the Treaty three days after the House vote.
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After a year long press by Jacob Shiff and the American Jewish Committee on the House to abolish the treaty Taft caves two days after a land slide vote by the House. Taft cancels the trade treaty with Russia two days after the 300 to 1 vote in the House.
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Of these the most influential is what is called "education." Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part. What is essential in mass psychology is the art of persuasion. If you compare a speech of Hitler's with a speech of Edmund Burke, you will see what strides have been made in the art since the eighteenth century. What went wrong formerly was that people had read in books that man is a rational animal, and framed their arguments on this hypothesis. We now know that limelight and a brass band do more to persuade than can be done by the most elegant train of syllogisms. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if the can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.
-Bertrand Russell