The Christian Century
AND WHAT did Mr. Ford mean when he began to talk publicly about "the Jews"? How did he manage to extrapolate from A Short View of Great Questions in general, to the particulars of "the Jewish Question"?
Henry Ford was touched by the Zeitgeist—the civilization and spirit of the times—of nineteenth-century America. By January 1914, when he stepped out of the shadows and imposed himself on the public consciousness, Ford was more than fifty years old and well-formed. He had lived through a maelstrom of changes in the American economic and social structure. 1
As early as the 1840s, while Grandfather John Ford was working the land in Dearbornville, a firm conviction was already in place among small-town Americans that they were an elect and favored people, doing God's work. As Anglo-Saxons, most thought,