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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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Apology, Retractions, and Recriminations

Apology, Retractions, and Recriminations

(p.261) 8 Apology, Retractions, and Recriminations
Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech
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Judge Fred M. Raymond's declaration of a mistrial in Sapiro v. Ford ended the public drama between Henry Ford and Aaron Sapiro, but not their legal battle. The two parties were expected to return to court, but Ford decided to end the dispute outside the courtroom. To do so, he enlisted an unlikely ally, Louis Marshall, who was watching the developments from the sidelines. The “Jewish question” that emerged during the trial reawakened Marshall's concerns about the implications of the case for Jewish civil rights. He believed that the case was not in accord with the strategy that he and the American Jewish Committee had maintained for more than six years. In Detroit, Raymond arranged a hearing to discuss a new trial date. Meanwhile, the Ford Motor Company was undergoing a big transformation as it tried to endure sluggish sales. This chapter focuses on the settlement negotiations between Ford and Sapiro that eventually led to the former's issuance of an apology that was written by Marshall himself.

Keywords:   Fred M. Raymond, mistrial, Sapiro v. Ford, Henry Ford, Aaron Sapiro, apology, Louis Marshall, Ford Motor Company, civil rights, settlement

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