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

Victoria Saker Woeste


Henry Ford is remembered in American lore as the ultimate entrepreneur—the man who invented assembly-line manufacturing and made automobiles affordable. Largely forgotten is his side career as a publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda. This is the story of Ford's ownership of the Dearborn Independent, his involvement in the defamatory articles it ran, and the two Jewish lawyers, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who each tried to stop Ford's war on Jews. In 1927, the case of Sapiro v. Ford transfixed the nation. In order to end the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the one thing he woul ... More

Keywords: Henry Ford, anti-Semitic propaganda, Dearborn Independent, Sapiro v. Ford, Aaron Sapiro, Louis Marshall, hate speech, civil rights, litigation, Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804772341
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804772341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Saker Woeste, author