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gentlemen's agreement,

in U.S. history, an agreement between the United States and Japan in 1907 that Japan should stop the emigration of its laborers to the United States and that the United States should stop discrimination against Japanese living in the United States. This agreement was ended in 1924 by the act of Congress excluding immigration from Japan, as immigration from China had been previously excluded.
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Yet, Hobson's rationale for extending equality to Jews in Gentlemans Agreement was "same-ness" or interchangeability--as portrayed by Phil's "passing" as a Jew--which did not apply to blacks.
That the "politics of sameness," which Stegner and Hobson employed, strikes us as insufficient to combat anti-Semitism likely accounts for some of the contemporary scholarly neglect of Gentlemans Agreement and its author.
63) The popularity of Gentlemans Agreement, recently serialized, had inspired Cohen to get in touch with Hobson, but his condescension toward a female writer whose fiction was serialized in Cosmopolitan in 1946 was evident even as he solicited Hobson to write for his magazine.
These were the kinds of questions that Hobson and her peers debated as she began work on what would become Gentlemans Agreement.
Gentlemans Agreement was not Hobsons first fictional treatment of anti-Semitism.
More than a decade had passed between the time when Hobson had written "The Perfect Man" and when she started writing Gentlemans Agreement.
To explain the skepticism that Hobson confronted and what it signified about American sensibilities regarding anti-Semitism, I will turn now to the epistolary conversation that Hobson engaged in when she began work on Gentlemans Agreement.