By Victoria Saker Woeste
Henry Ford is remembered in American lore because the final entrepreneur—the guy who invented assembly-line production and made vehicles reasonable. principally forgotten is his facet occupation as a writer of antisemitic propaganda. this is often the tale of Ford's possession of the Dearborn autonomous, his involvement within the defamatory articles it ran, and the 2 Jewish legal professionals, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who every one attempted to prevent Ford's war.
In 1927, the case of Sapiro v. Ford transfixed the kingdom. which will finish the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the single factor he might by no means have misplaced on in court docket: the offense of hate speech.
Using never-before-discovered facts from data and personal relations collections, this research finds the intensity of Ford's involvement in each element of this situation and explains why Jewish civil rights legal professionals and non secular leaders have been deeply divided over how one can deal with Ford.
"Thoroughly researched and ably written, Henry Ford's battle on Jews lines [Aaron] Sapiro's valiant try to shield not just his reliable identify yet that of the Jewish people."—Rafael Medoff, magazine of yank Studies
"The e-book comes in handy for the historian, scholars of legislations, and scholars of yank Jewish history."—Chaim Seymour, organization of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Newsletter
"Drawing on new facts from documents and personal family members collections, this examine info the intensity of Ford's involvement in each element of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights legal professionals and spiritual leaders have been deeply divided over how you can deal with Ford."—Law & Social Inquiry
"Victoria Saker Woeste's Henry Ford's struggle on Jews and the criminal conflict opposed to Hate Speech contributes considerably to our knowing of the dramatic libel lawsuit introduced through Aaron Sapiro opposed to the yank automobile pioneer. Woeste's meticulously researched ebook thoughtfully examines the advanced situations and personalities in the back of the case, the intricacies of the trial, and the consequences of its answer . . . Woeste's publication deals a desirable and worthwhile account of Sapiro v. Ford, and what the case teaches us approximately hate speech, libel legislations, and the anti-Jewish campaign of an American icon."—Jessica Cooperman, American Studies
"A significant new booklet by means of American Bar beginning student Victoria Saker Woeste, Henry Ford's battle on Jews and the felony conflict opposed to Hate Speech offers a startling new interpretation of a watershed episode within the lifetime of Henry Ford. . . never-before came upon facts. . . new insights."—LegalNews.com
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For years, Ford made the press a useful, effective conduit for promoting his car, his company, and his down-home public image, but in the wake of his wartime blunders, he no longer viewed it as friendly: “‘The capitalistic newspapers began a campaign against me. ’” What he wanted was access to the hearts and minds of ordinary Americans without having to pass through the biased filter of the mainstream press. He intended to make the paper his voice in the homes of his customers, and he planned to use the paper to do more than just market Model Ts.
Fred Black, a native of Michigan and a college graduate, was working in regional paper sales in Detroit during the war when he befriended Pipp’s son Gaylord. One day in 1916, the elder Pipp invited the twenty-five-year-old Black to lunch and explained that he was working secretly to acquire a newspaper and printing press for Ford. “[Pipp] said Mr. Ford did not want it known that he was interested, because it would start a lot of rumors,” Black recalled. The conversation led Black to believe that he could sell paper to Ford once the sale went through.
28 Not every newspaper in the country had fallen under the spell of Ford’s folksy charm and straight-shooting statesmanship. Unimpressed with Ford’s showing in the 1916 Michigan presidential primary, the Chicago Tribune scolded its neighbors for abandoning all “good sense”: “A passion for peace will not save the United States from the consequence of lazy thinking or no thinking. The vote for Ford represents a process of reasoning like this: Mr. Ford is a good man who wants peace. I want peace. Therefore I am for Mr.