If Henry Ford Would Have Had His Way...

Chuck hhs249@GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 21 03:35:06 EDT 2010

Hey Tom,  here is a song that works...and an antidote to the intolerance Ford and his ilk heaped upon others (more folk than blues, but a gem none the less).

words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin'  -  I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side  .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

©1956 (renewed 1984), 1958 (renewed 1986) and 1970 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (

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On Sep 21, 2010, at 2:11 AM, bluesfantom <bluesfantom@CENTURYTEL.NET> wrote:

>> Ira wrote:  "Ford was a bitter man, and obviously a Republican and
>> arch-Conservative."
>> In 1916 Ford ran as a Democrat for US Senate and lost.
>> Ricky Stevens
>> Arkabutla, Mississippi
> Well, there you go again, Ricky, not telling the whole story.  He was a
> conservative, and a pacifist (I suppose this is possible).  He ran in 1918,
> not 1916.  President Woodrow Wilson, in an effort to get his league of
> nations through congress, needing a majority to do so, enticed the pacifist
> Ford to run, which he did and lost by 4,500 votes out of 400k.  Ford also
> hated Franklin Roosevelt and all he stood for (which would indeed make him a
> republican).
> He was anti-unions.  He delayed collective bargaining (after one of the more
> brutal strikes in US history in 1937), as long as possible and almost
> followed through with his promise to break up the company.  His wife,
> however, wanted their kids to take over the company and threatened to leave
> him if he followed through.  Thus, in 1941, Ford Motor Co., the last car
> company in Detroit to come to the bargaining table, entered into one of the
> most favorable contracts with the UAW.
> I did not get to see this, but one of our hosts in Detroit suggested a tour
> of a Ford/GM/Chrysler plant and one of Toyota.  Apparently, the Toyota plant
> employees are treated much better than any of the big three.  By the same
> person, one would want to then visit one of the Toyota plants in Tennessee,
> where their employees aren't treated near as well.  I do wish I had had the
> time to do this.
> Also, I thought I'd point out, that this was my fourth national convention
> (American Postal Workers Union), and I still come away awed by the power of
> a true democracy.  If only everyone could be a witness to such things, maybe
> the apathy and antipathy, even the polarizations we see everywhere would
> melt, even a scooch.
> tom
> (there's a blues song in all this, but I don't know where it would be)

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