Mad Men

Season 1 Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 19, 2007 on AMC

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    • Roger Sterling: Have we ever hired any Jews?
      Don Draper: Not on my watch.

      This exchange introduces the anti-Semitic practices of the New York advertisement business of the late 1950's. Far more overt and tacitly accepted by Jewish New Yorkers, the business world was actively anti-Semitic, as were hotels, mens clubs and other institutions frequented by upper-middle and upper-class New Yorkers. The suburbs were equally anti-Semitic, with "restricted" (i.e. Christian only) housing developments, country clubs and restaurants the norm in many of the bedroom communities in Connecticut and upstate New York.

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