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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 at a Crossroads

Henry Ford at a Crossroads

Inkster and the Ford Hunger March

(p.144) Chapter Six Henry Ford at a Crossroads
The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Beth Tompkins Bates

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the Inkster Project, Henry Ford's experiment on philanthropy. The village was said to be destitute when Ford intervened, providing electric lights, organizing police protection, and establishing a bank. Although the Inkster Project rehabilitated the village and saved many black Ford families from physical destitution, it did not succeed in reestablishing unquestioned loyalty to Ford. The chapter also discusses the Ford Hunger March on March 7 1932, when 3,000 to 5,000 unemployed workers, most laid off by Ford, marched from Detroit to the employment office of Ford's River Rouge plant in Dearborn to present a list of demands to Ford.

Keywords:   Inkster Project, Henry Ford, philanthropy, Ford Hunger March, River Rouge, Deaborn

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