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The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford$
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Beth Tompkins Bates

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835647

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837450_bates

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The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Beth Tompkins Bates

University of North Carolina Press

Henry Ford employed innovative mass-production strategies, industrial policies, and maverick business practices at the Ford Motor Company (FMC), which redefined his road to success under industrial capitalism. After World War I, Ford hired thousands of African American men to work for FMC. This book traces the relationship between Henry Ford, the FMC, black workers, and Detroit's black community as they were formed and transformed during the years between World Wars I and II. It aims to capture how African Americans in Detroit used the foundation provided by their jobs at FMC to improve their lives.

Keywords:   Henry Ford, mass production, Ford Motor Company, FMC, industrial capitalism, World War I, Detroit, African Americans, black community, World War II

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