Ford English School Diploma, 1914-1915

Summary

In 1914 Ford Motor was hiring workers in droves. Many were immigrants who could not read or write English and were unable to carry out instructions. Henry Ford organized classes in English. These lessons also included instruction in United States naturalization requirements which led over 6.000 Ford employees to obtain diplomas accepted by US emigration officials resulting in eventual citizenship.

In 1914 Ford Motor was hiring workers in droves. Many were immigrants who could not read or write English and were unable to carry out instructions. Henry Ford organized classes in English. These lessons also included instruction in United States naturalization requirements which led over 6.000 Ford employees to obtain diplomas accepted by US emigration officials resulting in eventual citizenship.

Artifact

Diploma

Date Made

1914-1915

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.23.13

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)
Handwriting

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 9.25 in

Width: 12.375 in

Inscriptions

Ford English School This is to certify that ____ having completed the Course of Study prescribed by the Ford English School is entitled to receive this DIPLOMA [signed] Henry Ford Edsel Ford S.S. Marquis C.C. DeWitt

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