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A Profile of Henry Ford

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jan 24, 2013 9:33 AM

American Experience: Henry Ford presents a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.

Through his own fierce determination, Ford created the Model T, the most successful car in history, and introduced the groundbreaking five-dollar-a-day wage, ushering in the modern world as we know it. But despite his success, Ford remained restless and driven, always seeking to control what lay just beyond his grasp.

The creator of an urban, industrial age, Ford longed for the simpler era he had helped destroy. One of the nation’s richest men, he despised the wealthy and blamed Jews for what he deemed society’s degeneration. A hero to many ordinary Americans, he battled his workers and bullied those who looked up to him—including, and most tragically, his only son.

American Experience: Henry Ford premiers on Tuesday, January 29th at 9:00pm on witf tv.

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  • katerinepierce img 2015-11-04 09:21

    Although he was just a farm boy, Ford manufactured the most successful car in history, which at that time was a real technological wonder. Nowadays, everything from brand new cars, to Dodge diesel parts have been brought to the market using the latest technologies. Fact that will continue to improve the automotive industry, making customers satisfied with their choices.