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 can be the tale of Ford's possession of the Dearborn self reliant, his involvement within the defamatory articles it ran, and the 2 Jewish attorneys, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who every one attempted to forestall Ford's war.

In 1927, the case of Sapiro v. Ford transfixed the country. for you to finish the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the single factor he may by no means have misplaced on in court docket: the offense of hate speech.

Using never-before-discovered proof from records and personal family members collections, this examine finds the intensity of Ford's involvement in each element of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights attorneys and spiritual leaders have been deeply divided over how one can deal with Ford.

Editorial Reviews
"Thoroughly researched and ably written, Henry Ford's struggle on Jews lines [Aaron] Sapiro's valiant try and safeguard not just his reliable identify yet that of the Jewish people."—Rafael Medoff, magazine of yank Studies

"The booklet turns out to be useful for the historian, scholars of legislation, and scholars of yank Jewish history."—Chaim Seymour, organization of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Newsletter

"Drawing on new proof from data and personal family members collections, this examine information the intensity of Ford's involvement in each point of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights attorneys and spiritual leaders have been deeply divided over the best way to 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 figuring out of the dramatic libel lawsuit introduced via Aaron Sapiro opposed to the yank car pioneer. Woeste's meticulously researched e-book thoughtfully examines the advanced conditions and personalities in the back of the case, the intricacies of the trial, and the results of its solution . . . Woeste's ebook deals a desirable and profitable 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 publication by way of American Bar origin student Victoria Saker Woeste, Henry Ford's warfare on Jews and the felony conflict opposed to Hate Speech presents a startling new interpretation of a watershed episode within the lifetime of Henry Ford. . . never-before came across proof. . . new insights."—

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Everyone of note—from politicians to statesmen to social workers—declined Ford’s invitation to join the voyage. Even Thomas Edison, Ford’s idol and close friend, refused to accompany him on what was swiftly becoming a circus event. Clara Ford pleaded in vain with her husband not to go. The trip was a disaster. Reporters accompanying Ford, “increasingly bored and liberally lubricated with drink,” wrote detailed dispatches on the  parties and players internal disagreements that percolated among the delegates.

Ford then sent word through the editor of the Detroit Journal that he and Mrs. S. tour in November 1915. 23 Ford’s Megaphone  The purpose of Schwimmer’s tour was to organize support for a peace conference in Europe. When Schwimmer arrived at the Ford Motor Company offices on November 17, she discovered that Ford did not need to be converted to her cause. To her consternation, she also learned that Ford held some views inimical to hers: Discussing pacifism in general during lunch, Mr.  . All the more astonishing it was to me to hear Mr.

But even Liebold could not take foolish chances: “Liebold was fairly careful about covering himself with Mr. Ford. . [I]t was generally assumed that he didn’t take many chances on running counter to Mr. ”17 Scholars have seconded Black’s assessment of the Ford-Liebold relationship. ” Despite his unquestioned authority, Liebold did not exactly welcome the new Independent employees. 18 Liebold held the title of executive secretary to Ford until 1944, although the period of his greatest influence and power ran from 1913 to 1933.

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