Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate

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PublicAffairs, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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How and why did this quintessential American folk-hero and pioneering industrialist become one of the most obsessive anti-Semites of our time-a man who devoted his immense financial resources to publishing a pernicious forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion? Once Henry Ford's virulent media campaign against the Jews took off during the "anxious decade" following World War I, how did America's splintered Jewish community attempt to cope with the relentless tirade conducted for ninety-one consecutive weeks in the automobile manufacturer's personal newspaper, The Dearborn Independent? What were the repercussions of Ford's Jew-hatred extending deeply into the 1930s? Drawing upon previously-uncited oral history transcripts, archival correspondence, and family memoirs, Neil Baldwin answers these and other questions, examining the conservative biases of the men at the inner circle of the Ford Motor Company and disentangling painful ideological struggles among an elite Jewish leadership reluctantly pitted against the clout and popularity of "The Flivver King."
 

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Baldwin, who has written biographies of William Carlos Williams and Man Ray, first encountered the strident anti-Semitism of Thomas Alva Edison's protage and friend Henry Ford while researching ... Read full review

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Contents

McGuffeyland
1
The Great Questions
8
Tin Lizzie
20
The Christian Century
27
Working Mans Friend
36
I Know Who Caused the War
48
The Bolshevik Menace
67
Exit Mr Pipp
92
Apostle of Amity
241
The Chosen People
255
I Am Not a Jew Hater
268
Hitlers Medal
281
The Radio Priest
293
Transitions
309
Afterword
321
Acknowledgments
331

The Jewish Question
108
Retaliation
134
The TalmudJew
152
Heinrich Ford
172
Sapiro v Ford
192
Apology
218
Bibliography
335
Bibliography
345
Notes
353
Permissions
395
Index
401
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Neil Baldwin is the executive director of the National Book Foundation and the author of Legends of the Plumed Serpent, Man Ray, To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, and Edison. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

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