The Major Characteristics Of Henry Ford's Fascist Sympathies

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Henry Ford’s Fascist Sympathies Henry Ford, founder of Ford motor company, is most well known as an icon of American manufacturing and ingenuity. A lesser known aspect of Ford’s history is his fascist leanings and blatant anti-Semitism. Ford ruled over Dearborn Michigan as a de facto dictator, employing fascist tactics to control his workforce. His anti-Semitic writings influenced Adolf Hitler, who expressed admiration for the famed automobile industrialist. Ford’s company was instrumental in supplying the German military with vehicles during World War II even as they refused to assist the allies. Ford’s racist and corporatist views made him an idol of the National Socialists. In 1931, Dearborn Michigan was the headquarters of the Ford motor…show more content…
In “The Dark Legacy of Henry Ford 's Anti-Semitism”, an article in the Washington Post, journalist James Rudin described how Hitler was influenced by Ford. Hitler is quoted in the article as stating “You can tell Herr Ford that I am a great admirer of his, I shall do my best to put his theories into practice in Germany .... I regard Henry Ford as my inspiration.” (Rudin). In the article, Rudin indicated that Ford was the only American mentioned by name in Mein Kampf where Hitler wrote "Every year they manage to become increasingly the controlling masters of the labor power of a people of 120,000,000 souls; one great man, Ford, to their exasperation still holds out independently there even now" ("The Dearborn Independent") . Passages from the infamous book seem to be lifted directly from Ford’s publications. In 1938, on his 75th birthday, Henry Ford became the first American to receive the highest Nazi award for distinguished foreigners, the Grand Cross of the German

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