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DATE: Nov. 28, 2005

"New interpretation" of Edsel Ford in lecture at UM-Dearborn Dec. 5

DEARBORN---Historian John Dean will offer "A New Interpretation of the Life and Achievements of Edsel Ford" in a free, public lecture at the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Room 1030, in the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Dean, a cultural historian at the University of Versailles in France, is the author of Practical Dreamer: The Life and Times of Edsel Ford, to be published next year by the Wayne State University Press. In 2004, Dean received a grant to study "The Pluralism of Edsel Ford" in the automotive history collections of the Henry Ford.

Edsel Ford, the only son of the automotive pioneer Henry Ford, exercised a great deal of influence over the history of the company, including leading the purchase of the Lincoln Motor Company and the founding of the Mercury division. But his relationship with his father was marked by friction and they often disagreed on strategic directions for the company.

Edsel and his wife, Eleanor, had four children and his grandson Bill Ford is chairman of the company today. Edsel Ford died at 49 in 1943.

Dean's talk at UM-Dearborn was organized by the American Studies Program and is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage and the Program in Science and Technology Studies.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.




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