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Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech$
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Victoria Saker Woeste

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772341

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772341.001.0001

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Marshall for the Defense

Marshall for the Defense

(p.53) 2 Marshall for the Defense
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
Stanford University Press

The anti-Semitic articles published by Henry Ford's Dearborn Independent in its May 22, 1920 issue drew different reactions from Jewish religious leaders, intellectuals, activists, and lawyers. Many Jews called for action, but the mainstream press, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Wall Street Journal, was eerily silent. Jewish lawyer Louis Marshall, a renowned leader of American Jewish civil rights activism, sent a telegram to Ford accusing his newspaper of disseminating anti-Semitism that might attract undesirable legal attention because the articles were libelous. Rabbi Leo M. Franklin of Temple Beth-El in Detroit also stepped in to address the Ford situation, but got into an acrimonious exchange with Marshall.

Keywords:   Henry Ford, Dearborn Independent, anti-Semitism, Jews, Louis Marshall, Leo M. Franklin

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