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The Trial of Henry Ford

Michael Rose
Michael Rose

A young Jewish American lawyer, Aaron Sapiro, was making a name for himself helping farmers across the country earn a fair return on their efforts by showing them how to organize cooperative associations. When the richest man in America, Henry Ford, heard about Sapiro's work he launched a campaign to put him out business. Ford ordered the editors of his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, to run a series of articles that would expose Sapiro as the leader of a "band of Jews" an international conspiracy of bankers and Bolsheviks who were attempting to take over America one farm at a time. Sapiro sued Ford for libel. And thus began one of the most important trials in American history.

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