The Chosen People
He is an industrial Fascist—the Mussolini of Highland Park,
Fordson and Dearborn.
WALDEMAR KAEMPFFERT ON HENRY FORD
in The New York Times Magazine, January 8, 1928.
ON THE LAST day of 1927, the Dearborn Independent shut down and "sank without a trace, except for the oily slick of bias it had spread." Dramatizing the closure, Henry Ford traveled to New York City to meet face-to-face for the first (and only) time with Louis Marshall at Marshall's law firm on the twenty-third floor of 120 Broadway. With a gentle, genial smile, and a hearty hand-shake in front of a gaggle of reporters and distracted office workers, Ford offered his ghost-writer a brand-new Model A Ford, which Marshall politely turned down, saying he was "devoted to pedestrian locomotion."
The two men spoke privately in Marshall's inner office for over an hour. Ford told Marshall that "the Independent no longer exists... that he had destroyed every copy of the pamphlet, The International Jew, which he could find, that he never had anything