Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech

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 aspect occupation as a writer of antisemitic propaganda. this is often 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 state. for you to finish the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the only factor he may by no means have misplaced on in courtroom: the offense of hate speech.

Using never-before-discovered facts from documents and personal family members collections, this examine unearths the intensity of Ford's involvement in each point of this situation and explains why Jewish civil rights attorneys and non secular leaders have been deeply divided over tips on how to deal with Ford.

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

"The ebook 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 documents and personal family members collections, this examine information 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."—Law & Social Inquiry

"Victoria Saker Woeste's Henry Ford's conflict on Jews and the criminal conflict opposed to Hate Speech contributes considerably to our realizing of the dramatic libel lawsuit introduced by means of Aaron Sapiro opposed to the yankee car pioneer. Woeste's meticulously researched publication thoughtfully examines the advanced situations and personalities at the back of the case, the intricacies of the trial, and the consequences of its answer . . . 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 booklet by means of American Bar beginning pupil 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 found proof. . . new insights."—LegalNews.com

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