By Victoria Saker Woeste
Henry Ford is remembered in American lore because the final entrepreneur—the guy who invented assembly-line production and made autos reasonable. principally forgotten is his part occupation as a writer of antisemitic propaganda. this can be the tale of Ford's possession of the Dearborn autonomous, 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 state. with a purpose to finish the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the single factor he could by no means have misplaced on in courtroom: the offense of hate speech.
Using never-before-discovered proof from information and personal relatives collections, this research unearths the intensity of Ford's involvement in each element of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights attorneys and non secular leaders have been deeply divided over find out how to deal with Ford.
"Thoroughly researched and ably written, Henry Ford's battle on Jews strains [Aaron] Sapiro's valiant try and protect not just his strong identify yet that of the Jewish people."—Rafael Medoff, magazine of yank Studies
"The e-book 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 facts from data and personal relatives collections, this examine info 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 you can deal with Ford."—Law & Social Inquiry
"Victoria Saker Woeste's Henry Ford's battle on Jews and the felony conflict opposed to Hate Speech contributes considerably to our figuring out of the dramatic libel lawsuit introduced through Aaron Sapiro opposed to the yankee automobile pioneer. Woeste's meticulously researched publication thoughtfully examines the complicated conditions and personalities at the back of the case, the intricacies of the trial, and the results of its answer . . . Woeste's booklet deals a desirable and profitable account of Sapiro v. Ford, and what the case teaches us approximately hate speech, libel legislation, and the anti-Jewish campaign of an American icon."—Jessica Cooperman, American Studies
"A significant new publication via American Bar origin pupil Victoria Saker Woeste, Henry Ford's struggle 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 found facts. . . new insights."—LegalNews.com
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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.
Clemens. The plaintiff’s side was topped off by the addition of a distinguished figure from the Detroit bench, retired judge Alfred Murphy. 43 The Tribune trained big guns of its own. Lead counsel Elliott G. Stevenson and partners from his Detroit firm had represented the Dodge brothers in the shareholders’ suit, which got Stevenson noticed by the Tribune. In that case, Stevenson had nettled Lucking and rattled Ford as he testified. Other lawyers for the newspaper included Weymouth Kirkland and Howard Ellis of the Chicago firm of McCormick, Kirkland, Patterson, and Fleming, who were counsel to the Tribune Company.
Clemens. In addition to Albert Lucking, Ford’s chief counsel, personal attorney, and corporate lawyer, as well as several of Lucking’s law partners, Ford retained local counsel in Mt. Clemens. The plaintiff’s side was topped off by the addition of a distinguished figure from the Detroit bench, retired judge Alfred Murphy. 43 The Tribune trained big guns of its own. Lead counsel Elliott G. Stevenson and partners from his Detroit firm had represented the Dodge brothers in the shareholders’ suit, which got Stevenson noticed by the Tribune.