The Green Vision of Henry Ford and George Washington Carver

Two Collaborators in the Cause of Clean Industry


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About the Book

Henry Ford and George Washington Carver had a unique friendship and a shared vision. This book details their paths to “green” manufacturing and the start of the chemurgic movement in America. It covers a number of little known projects such as their efforts to use ethanol as a national fuel, the use of soybeans for plastic production, and the use of waterpower for factories. This study of their collaboration shows how capitalism can drive the green movement and expand American industry.

About the Author(s)

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., an international expert in management, manufacturing and globalization, is the author of numerous books on American industrial history, capitalism and notable business leaders. He lives in Maumee, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 220
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6982-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. Declaration of Dependence on the Soil 11
2. Common Soil 21
3. Finding Their Mission 29
4. In Search of Destiny at the Fair 36
5. Tuskegee and Detroit 43
6. The Model T and the Jesup Wagon 64
7. The Industrialist and the Professor: Capitalism and Agriculture 77
8. Massive Assembly, Peanuts, and Aircraft 93
9. A Better Life—Industrial and Agricultural Utopias 106
10. The Sages of Dearborn and Tuskegee 119
11. Green Supply Chain for America’s Industry—Village Industries 127
12. Chemurgy: A New “Political” Science 140
13. The Meeting of Ford and Carver 154
14. The New South, Soybeans, and Final Dreams 163
15. Home and Industrial Economics—Lean Manufacture and Household Savings 171
16. A Shared View of the Education of Our Youth 178
17. The Last of the Victorians 186
18. Continuing Legacy 193
Timeline 199
Chapter Notes 201
Bibliography 207
Index 209

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “recommended”—Choice
  • “a wealth of insights”—SAH Journal
  • “wealth of insights”—SpeedReaders