Wednesday, January 21, 2015

America’s widely circulated anti-Semitic newspaper

Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford had a lot of interests.

One these interests was anti-Semitism. In 1919 Ford purchased The Dearborn Independent, which he transformed into a voice for his personal anti-Semitism.

Thanks to Ford’s promotional clout (he required Ford dealerships to promote the paper) the paper had a circulation of nearly a million in 1925, making it second only to The New York Daily News.

But the reign of The Dearborn Independent would not last for long. Under pressure from lawsuits, the paper finally folded in 1927.