the history of the ford motor company

The History of The

Ford Motor Company




Henry Ford

It all started with a dream, a dream for all families to own a car, a dream
of one

man, Henry Ford.

Henry Ford was one of the most brilliant entrepreneurs in creating Ford

and the assembly line at the same time, it was his controversial
characteristics and unorthodox approach towards administrating the Ford Motor
Company which resulted

in the formation of one of the most successful corporations in the world. At
the turn of the century everything was booming, the growth of the economy and
stock market increased

the job opportunities as well as morals. As a result of this industrial
revolution, out of the woodwork came a humble yet driven man, Henry Ford.
Between the five dollar a day

plan, his policies on administrating the company, and his relations with his

Ford was often presented as a suspicious character. This controversial
behavior characterized the success of the company, it did not lead to his own
downfall as many suspect. The Anti-Semitic accusations, and the belief that Ford
was taking advantage of

his customers, were by far overshadowed by his brilliance and strong hand in

his company.

Of course, there were not always supporters of Henry Ford. If fact, there

many people who believed that Henry Ford was so controversial that it
prevented the potential of Fords from becoming greater than it is today. By the
mid twenties Ford was already the worlds most successful automobile company in
the world, but their great reputation would soon decline. Ford’s five dollars
a day pay plan for all employees signified the overwhelming success of the
company. Many believed this success was short-lived

with the new policies dealing with the workers which soon followed. With the
need to increase production and lower costs, in the mid 1930\'s Ford cut all Ford
worker s wages in half, workers were expected to work faster, and harder,
department heads were ordered to ban all talking and whistling while work was in
progress. All of this was a plan by Ford

to make sure he knew every move of his workers, he was very possessive. Also,

began to fire older workers and hire younger ones, his ideology was that the
younger workers could work more productively and more efficiently, which in turn
would send more money flowing into his pockets. What resulted was quite humorous
in fact. Black hair

dye became a hot seller in the Detroit area . Older workers tried to disguise
their age by dying their hair black. Ford’s manipulation of his workers was
immoral and unjust.

There was no industrial democracy, workers were forced to do what they were
told or

would be out of a job.

Henry Ford s controversial behavior reflected badly on himself and on the
Ford Motor Company. The Anti-Semitic views expressed by Henry Ford could never
be denied, it was common knowledge in fact that Henry Ford was prejudice, he
even wrote an article

in the Dearborn Independent expressing his ideas that Jews were the cause of
many peoples problems. Henry Ford was sued by a man by the name Aaron Sapiro in
the early 1930\'s. Sapiro had evidence that Ford threatened himself with
Anti-Semitic sentiments. Ford was recorded as saying, “Sapiro is a shrewd
little Jew, the bible says Jews will return to

Palestine, but they want to get all the money out of America first. Sapiro
should be kicked out because he is trash.” The result of the trial was
humiliation for the Ford company

and Henry Ford himself. After a hung jury in the first trial, the case was
dropped when Ford

wrote a lengthy retraction and apologized for his statements. Ford s was
declining in

profits and production among the worlds best, all as a result of Henry Ford s
ego. Therefore, by 1931 Ford lowered in the ranks, controlling only 28% of the
market 2nd to General Motors

with 31%.

Henry Ford was the godfather of the automobile industry in the early 1900 s.
The development of his River Rouge plant was considered a industrial cathedral,
hundreds waited month after month in front of the employment building hoping to
be hired, to

foreign immigrants it meant hope and a successful future. The River Rouge
plant employed

over 50,000 employees, Pols, Lithuanians, Germans, almost every western
Europe country could be represented at the Ford Plant. Like a father Henry Ford
began educational programs, teaching his illiterate employees how to read
English, company picnics, and dinners were all part of Ford s policies that were
so unusual, yet so brilliant at that time.

Of the most controversial actions of Ford was his hiring of criminals, in
fact it was said that