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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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The Outsider

The Outsider

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Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
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A series of events put Aaron Sapiro on a collision course with Henry Ford. That he was able to engage Ford in a legal battle can be attributed to his remarkable perseverance in the face of adversity. Aaron was born to Jacob Sapiro and Selina Wascerwitz, who both came to the United States as immigrants from Eastern Europe; Selina's parents from Russia and Jacob's family from Poland. By the time Aaron married Janet Arndt, both his professional and personal lives were already set. Sapiro's relationship with Harris Weinstock was the most important of his life. In 1920, he delivered a two-hour speech at the meeting of the American Cotton Association in Birmingham, Alabama, giving him instant fame and popularity among farmers and making him the nation's leading cooperative organizer during the period. Sapiro's most lasting accomplishment in cooperative marketing was a model statute that incorporated the salient features of the Sapiro-style cooperation. However, the Sapiro plan would prove to be no panacea as cooperatives failed to stop farmers from producing larger crops annually.

Keywords:   Aaron Sapiro, Henry Ford, Jacob Sapiro, United States, immigrants, Janet Arndt, farmers, cooperatives, Harris Weinstock, Selina Wascerwitz

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