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THE FORD HUNGER MARCH: On March 7, 1932, thousands of unemployed workers marched on the Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford blamed the global economic depression on the poor, and said in March, 1931, "These are really good times, but only if you know it. . . The average man won’t really do a day’s work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it." The march resulted in the shooting deaths of five marchers at the hands of the Dearborn, MI and Ford Motors police. It became international news.

Scott Nearing, noted economist and lecturer visited Detroit at this time and gave a talk entitled, "Must We Starve," where he defended the Hunger Marchers. (see The Ford Hunger March, by Maurice Sugar, 1980). By 1932 Ford had become the richest man in the world. Nearing contrasted the attitudes of Ford, living at the Fairlane estate, and the needs of poor people living in Hoovervilles. All the while Ford refused to pay into an unemployed person’s fund. Ford had carefully cultivated an image over the years as the kindly inventor who upheld old-fashioned values. However, he was an enthusiastic backer of Hitler. A weekly newspaper put out by Ford, the Dearborn Independent, carried 91 installments of anti-Semitic and racist diatribes, all assembled in one book, The International Jew; it was a bestseller in Germany. Third Reich offices were filled with copies. Hitler kept a full-length oil portrait of Henry Ford in his office in Munich.

Protestors marched from Detroit to the River Rouge plant. Their signs read, "We Want Bread Not Crumbs," "Tax the Rich, Feed the Poor," "Free the Scottsboro Boys," and "Stop Jim Crow." At the Dearborn line, the crowd was told to disperse. None of the marchers was armed, but teargas and fire hoses were used on the crowd. Finally, the order to shoot was given – scores were wounded. Killed outright were Joe York, Joe DeBlasio, Coleman Leny, and Joe Bussell. When the dust had settled, dozens of marchers had also been injured. They were buried in Woodmere Cemetery. An African American man, Curtis Williams, died a short while later, but the cemetery would not allow an African American to be buried along with his comrades. They say his ashes were scattered over the River Rouge plant from an airplane.

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THE FORD HUNGER MARCH: On March 7, 1932, thousands of unemployed workers marched on the Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford blamed the global economic depression on the poor, and said in March, 1931,

Scott Nearing, noted economist and lecturer visited Detroit at this time and gave a talk entitled, "Must We Starve," where he defended the Hunger Marchers. (see The Ford Hunger March, by Maurice Sugar, 1980). By 1932 Ford had become the richest man in the world. Nearing contrasted the attitudes of Ford, living at the Fairlane estate, and the needs of poor people living in Hoovervilles. All the while Ford refused to pay into an unemployed person's fund. Ford had carefully cultivated an image over the years as the kindly inventor who upheld old-fashioned values. However, he was an enthusiastic backer of Hitler. A weekly newspaper put out by Ford, the Dearborn Independent, carried 91 installments of anti-Semitic and racist diatribes, all assembled in one book, The International Jew; it was a bestseller in Germany. Third Reich offices were filled with copies. Hitler kept a full-length oil portrait of Henry Ford in his office in Munich.

Protestors marched from Detroit to the River Rouge plant. Their signs read, "We Want Bread Not Crumbs," "Tax the Rich, Feed the Poor," "Free the Scottsboro Boys," and "Stop Jim Crow." At the Dearborn line, the crowd was told to disperse. None of the marchers was armed, but teargas and fire hoses were used on the crowd. Finally, the order to shoot was given - scores were wounded. Killed outright were Joe York, Joe DeBlasio, Coleman Leny, and Joe Bussell. When the dust had settled, dozens of marchers had also been injured. They were buried in Woodmere Cemetery. An African American man, Curtis Williams, died a short while later, but the cemetery would not allow an African American to be buried along with his comrades. They say his ashes were scattered over the River Rouge plant from an airplane." />

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