The Four Trials of Henry Ford
by Gregory R. Piché
















The Four Trials of Henry Ford by Gregory R. Piché
The Four Trials of Henry Ford chronicles the Ford Motor Company founder's forays into landmark litigation during the early years of the twentieth century.

Piché follows Ford's lonely defense against alleged infringement of the Selden patent on the automobile brought by a powerful automotive monopoly determined to control prices and competition in the emerging automobile market. He explores a minority shareholder oppression lawsuit brought against Ford by the Dodge brothers who initially manufactured all of the mechanical parts for Ford's cars. He covers Ford's libel suit against the Chicago Tribune for calling him an "anarchist" and "ignorant idealist" in the midst of the patriotic fervor during the U.S. Mexico Intervention and the run-up to World War I, and finally, he examines a Jewish lawyer’s persistent libel action against Ford for the defamation of himself and his race in anti-Semetic diatribes widely published and circulated in his personally owned newspaper, The Dearborn Independent.

In recounting the Ford litigation, Piché examines Ford’s parallel manipulation of public media to advance his own political and narcissistic agenda to become a public sage and an American President. It follows the initial rise of his reputation as a Progressive capitalist to its ultimate erosion as a mean-spirited bigot and contributor to the propaganda that fueled 
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