Henry Ford and the Jews

The Mass Production Of Hate


By Neil Baldwin

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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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Dec 18, 2002
Page Count
432 pages

Neil Baldwin

About the Author

Neil Baldwin is the executive director of the National Book Foundation and the author of three critically acclaimed biographies, Edison: Inventing the Century, Man Ray: American Artist, and To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, the Doctor-Poet. He is also the co-editor of a collection of interviews with authors about their working lives, The Writing Life. He lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife Roberta, and their children, Nicholas and Allegra.

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