MLive’s fascinating facts about Henry Ford: False claims and glossing over Ford’s connection to Nazi Germany

MLive’s fascinating facts about Henry Ford: False claims and glossing over Ford’s connection to Nazi Germany
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
On Friday, July 7, Mlive posted an article entitled, 14 Fascinating Facts about Henry Ford.

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Friday, July 7, Mlive posted an article entitled, 14 Fascinating Facts about Henry Ford. 

The article, like much of contemporary journalism, centers around superficial aspects of personalities and celebrities. Most of the 14 facts would only interest those who seeks to understand the man and the entrepreneur, facts like where he was born, his interest in planes, his role as a father and that he may have fathered a child outside of marriage.

However, there were two “facts” included in the last of 14 that are worth discussing. One  claims that Ford invented the weekend or more specifically the 8 hour work day, and the other interesting “fact” identified Ford as an anti-Semite. Let’s begin with the 8 hour work day claim.

The MLive article states, “Ford is frequently credited for pioneering the five-day, 40-hour work week – reduced from six days and 48 hours –…

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