Thursday, March 10, 2016
WW1: Henry Ford's Peace Ship
Who says all capitalists are warmongers? Henry Ford supported peace initiatives and even set up a cruise to Europe to try to end the war in 1915. The entire peace ship idea was mocked. Infighting broke out amongst the peace delegates, especially regarding their response to Wilson’s State of the Union. Wilson who would later campaign on keeping the US out of the war advocated increased military spending. Some peace ship members decided to denounce it, but a minority thought doing so would be unpatriotic. Ah the great strain of being a peacenik but wanting to be patriotic. Influenza spread throughout the ship, relegating Henry Ford to bedrest. They were briefly stopped by the British blockade in the North Sea and searched for weapons and contraband... on a peace ship. They finally arrived in the Norwegian capital Kristiania on the 18th.