The Antisemitic Origins of “Fake News” and the Fate of American Democracy

Monday, September 17, 2018
Event Location: 
Nau Hall 324

This talk is by Professor Victoria Saker Woeste of the American Bar Foundation. The talk will take place on September 17 at 5:00PM in Nau Hall 324.

A leading scholar in the field of U.S. legal history, Professor Woeste will discuss her current work, Suing Henry Ford: America’s First Hate Speech Case, and the forgotten ties between pre-World War II American antisemitism and the contemporary Alt-Right, as well as the history of legal activism against hate speech. Her books include The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945 (1998) and Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech (2012).

This presentation is part of the series, “When the Fascists Came to Town: Reflections on the Radical Right from Weimar to Charlottesville,” co-sponsored by the Corcoran Department of History, the Center for German Studies, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, with the support of the Page-Barbour Fund.

A pre-distributed paper is available for attendees. Please contact Professor James Loeffler for a copy or with other questions at