Henry Ford and the Building of Modern Capitalism

Podcast-style audio course - 9 Topics
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
Huntington University
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Henry Ford and the Building of Modern Capitalism

Podcast-style audio course - 9 Topics
Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
Huntington University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Explore the compelling and complex legacy of the man Forbes Magazine named “The Businessman of the 20th Century.”

Your guide for this audio course is celebrated history professor Jeff Webb, voted Teacher of the Year at Huntington University. Each captivating lecture guides you through a different facet of Henry Ford’s life and accomplishments. 

Few industrial leaders rival Ford in their contributions to America’s global economic leadership, yet his life and views remain deeply controversial. Follow Ford’s path from his modest upbringing on a rural Michigan farm to his role as a titan of industry who revolutionized American automobile manufacturing. 

You’ll begin with Ford on his family farm, showing an early talent for tinkering with machines that eventually landed him a job as an engineer working for his hero, Thomas Edison. Later, through The Ford Motor Company, Ford pioneered industrial techniques that enabled the company to dominate the field of automobile manufacturing in its earliest stages of development. The Ford Model T,

Explore the compelling and complex legacy of the man Forbes Magazine named “The Businessman of the 20th Century.”

Your guide for this audio course is celebrated history professor Jeff Webb, voted Teacher of the Year at Huntington University. Each captivating lecture guides you through a different facet of Henry Ford’s life and accomplishments. 

Few industrial leaders rival Ford in their contributions to America’s global economic leadership, yet his life and views remain deeply controversial. Follow Ford’s path from his modest upbringing on a rural Michigan farm to his role as a titan of industry who revolutionized American automobile manufacturing. 

You’ll begin with Ford on his family farm, showing an early talent for tinkering with machines that eventually landed him a job as an engineer working for his hero, Thomas Edison. Later, through The Ford Motor Company, Ford pioneered industrial techniques that enabled the company to dominate the field of automobile manufacturing in its earliest stages of development. The Ford Model T, the low-cost automobile that put car ownership within reach of millions of middle and working-class Americans, likewise profoundly changed American culture.

Known for nuanced biographies that depict the human being behind the flashpoint moments, Prof. Webb also tackles the controversies that followed Ford throughout his adult life, particularly his anti-Semitic commentary and dalliance with German fascism. As Webb deftly shows, these associations complicate the traditional picture of Ford as an American business icon, inviting questions about how best to remember the complicated people who have entered the pantheon of great figures in American history.

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Jeffrey B. Webb (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an expert on American history and culture. A professor of history at Huntington University, he is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books, articles, and university-level courses traverse a wide range of fields in American history, including early American politics, twentieth-century environmental history, and history of American religious traditions. Prof. Webb served as the general editor for multi-volume encyclopedias on such diverse topics as American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales and Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christianity and several scholarly articles on the impact of watershed redesign projects in America’s rural communities. Over the course of his twenty-year career of research and teaching, he has written and lectured widely on the subject of colonial American politics and political culture, including presentations at the Beijing Institute of Technology, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and numerous colleges and research institutes throughout North America.

Praise for Jeff Webb

“Jeffrey Webb is an excellent scholar, a beloved teacher, and an insightful thinker. In his classroom, Webb expertly weaves together the complicated, contested, messy but oftentimes progressive history of American democracy—delivered thoughtfully and honestly, warts and all. With Webb at the helm of a “The History of America’s Democracy” you can expect a thoughtful analysis of the ideals, advances, and broken promises of America’s past that continue to inform and illuminate the turbulent present.”
– Dr. Kate Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Professor of History, Western Kentucky University

“In his telling of the tale of American democracy, Webb proves himself both a great storyteller and a great historian: his treatment of this subject will fire the imaginations, feed the intellects, and stir the souls of Americans of all ages.”
– Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., Professor of English, Gettysburg College

“Professor Jeffrey B. Webb, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher and researcher in early American religious and environmental history. He is an organized and engaging speaker with an understated sense of humor. Professor Webb’s thorough and thoughtful approach to American history finds subtle patterns and makes important connections. His lecture series, “History of America’s Democracy,” is sure to be informative and thought provoking.”
– Troy R.E. Paddock, Ph.D., Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University

  1. A Michigan Boyhood
  2. The Tinkerer
  3. Edison and Ford
  4. Business Failures
  5. The Ford Motor Company
  6. The Dearborn Independent
  7. Controversies
  8. World War Two
  9. Legacies

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