The Great Questions
An image manifestly comes from somewhere. Stereotypes are
not in themselves a full explanation for rejection.
The Nature of Prejudice, 1979.
HENRY FORD was born on July 30, 1863, twenty-seven days after the Battle of Gettysburg, on a prosperous farm near Dear- bornville, in Wayne County, southeastern Michigan, "the rural backwoods of fundamentalist America." 1 He was the second of eight children, and the grandson of John Ford, a Protestant English tenant farmer who had come to America from Ireland during the great potato famine of 1847. Henry's father, William, worked eighty acres of wheat and hay, tended sheep, cows, and pigs, and worked now and then as a part-time carpenter.
Henry's beloved mother, Mary Litogot, was of either Dutch or Flemish parentage. Orphaned very young, she grew up in Wyandotte, Michigan, as the adopted daughter of Patrick O'Hern (or Ahern) and his wife, a childless immigrant couple. Mary, an upstanding Christian woman, died when Henry was thirteen years