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Old 17 Aug 2017, 04:07 pm
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Default Re: History Channel: History of the Car

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Originally Posted by LionPT View Post
There are many documentary's on Ford, and they all pretty much say he was a mean SOB...especially to family.
That's pretty sad if true. In this History Channel show they really portrayed him as abusive to his son, Edsel.

But I know he started the 40-hour work week and made sure his employees made enough to own a Ford car. Since he hired lots of immigrants he also offered a deal where the employee would make even more money if they demonstrated a clean home and sent their children to school. He did lots of things like that for his employees. Many of them seem overly controlling for an employer today, but he really gave a lot of folks a good job and a leg up.

I've always figured that this over-controlling charge and Ford's open hostility toward unions caused lots of more liberal-learning writers to put a negative spin on his life. Like the rest of us, some of the negative stuff is likely deserved and some is not. But this particular TV show seems especially hard in him and on guy running GM in the 1920's. I haven't seen the later episodes yet, so I don't know what kind of spin the writers put on those.

What I really like about this show is that it's covering ground not covered in other documentaries. It may not be the best, but I've enjoyed what I've seen so far.
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