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Transportation. The Age of the Automobile Web Page. Cruising in automobiles such as the Duesenberg pictured above was popular in America, but this typically Sunday afternoon family past time was largely discontinued during the depression. Perhaps no invention affected American everyday life in the 20th century more than the automobile. Although the technology for the automobile existed in the 19th century, it took Henry Ford to make the useful gadget accessible to the American public. Ford used the idea of the assembly line for automobile manufacturing. He paid his workers an unprecedented $5 a day when most laborers were bringing home two, hoping that it would increase their productivity. Furthermore, they might use their higher earnings to purchase a new car. Ford reduced options, even stating that the public could choose whatever color car they wanted — so long as it was black.

Economic Spin-offs The growth of the automobile industry caused an economic revolution across the United States. Motorsports Hall of Fame Effects of the Automobile. Henry Ford, the Man Who Changed America - American Profile. American Icons, Made in America, People, Traditions By Carol Davis on June 8, 2003 Ford's Model T Henry Ford’s ingenuity and acumen left a legacy that reaches far beyond the Model T’s driver’s seat. In pioneering a car affordable to nearly everyone, Ford increased the minimum daily wage of his time, essentially creating a middle class, and changed forever the way the automotive industry produced and distributed cars. In the Beginning Ford was born into a farm family in 1863 near Dearborn, Mich., and showed an early interest in mechanics. He tinkered constantly, and as America’s first automobiles emerged, Ford focused on internal combustion engines.

Ford at the time was chief engineer at Thomas Edison’s thriving Edison Illuminating Company, but his venturesome spirit led him to strike out on his own to try his hand at automotive engineering. Ford's assembly line turns 100: How it changed society. Ford Motor Company The assembly line at the Highland Park Assembly plant cut the man hours of final assembly by more than 75 percent. A century ago, on October 7, 1913, engineers built a rudimentary system using a rope and wince to pull a new Ford Model T past 140 workers at a brand new factory dubbed the Crystal Palace. Henry Ford launched the modern assembly line in a suburb of Detroit a century ago -- and helped spark a radical transformation of both manufacturing and society. By drastically reducing the cost of production with standardized parts and more efficient assembly, Ford was able to bring the luxury, convenience and freedom of the automobile to the masses.

Other industries soon adopted the innovation and today, everything from cereal to caskets is made on assembly lines. "It had a huge, huge impact," said Stephen Burnett, a professor with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Standardization led to lower costs, higher quality and more reliable products. Tags: Henry Ford - An Impact Felt - Henry Ford Heritage Association. James Couzens was right when he proclaimed, on more than one occasion, that his business partner Henry Ford was a genius.

Today there are many stories and examples that support that assertion by Mr. Couzens but it is important to understand the impact Mr. Ford’s genius and accomplishments have had on our lives. Without that understanding, we cannot appreciate Mr. Ford’s genius in the same way that people of his generation did. From a young age Henry Ford was a tinkerer. Even in those days Henry envisioned producing a product that anyone could afford. Henry Ford’s life spanned an era of dramatic change: From the Civil War to World War II.From candlelight to electric light.From farm to factory.From horses to automobiles. Abraham Lincoln was president when he was born and Harry Truman was president when he died. You might know that Henry Ford did not start out as a successful producer of automobiles.

Ford worked his way through the alphabet, producing various cars from A to S. The Impact of the Automobile on the 20th Century. Model T Ford: The car that changed our world | Features | Lifestyle | The Independent. The jolly old car you see on these pages isn't just a quaint antique. It is the machine that changed everything. And it is a centenarian. According to your point of view, the Model T Ford, launched in Detroit in 1908, either marks the moment when the fun started – the point where the convenience and comfort of the modern car for all replaced our historic reliance on domesticated animals for personal transportation – or the birth of the Model T represents the terrible moment when we started out on a road that has led us to the beginning of the end of our lovely planet.

Or very possibly both, given that no one had heard of global warming back then. So we can reasonably celebrate the significance of the Model T while fully recognising that, all things considered, and bearing in mind the survival of the polar ice caps, the Maldives and East Anglia, it might have better if we'd stuck with four legs rather opting for four wheels. Then you get in. How did they do it? Benz Patent Motorwagen. History Of The Ford Model T, Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Background, History and Facts.