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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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Henry Ford Ushers in a New Era for Black Workers

Henry Ford Ushers in a New Era for Black Workers

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(p.39) Chapter Two Henry Ford Ushers in a New Era for Black Workers
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The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford
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Beth Tompkins Bates

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837450_bates.7

Henry Ford embraced the idea of hiring large numbers of black workers in 1919 and soon became the largest single employer of blacks in the automobile industry. This chapter presents theories that capture aspects of Ford's perspective toward African Americans and his sudden interest in employing black workers and including them in his American Plan for the 1920s. Ford believed that while the large presence of the black community in Detroit would not satisfy all his labor requirements, their inclusion offered the possibility of putting the Ford Motor Company (FMC) on the path to a new era in industrial relations.

Keywords:   black workers, auto industry, African Americans, American Plan, Detroit, FMC

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