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The Invention of the Modern Automobile

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The Invention of the Modern Automobile


“The way to make automobiles, is to make one automobile just like another automobile [1].” With this statement, Henry Ford had invented the modern automobile. Many people may question this idea, as they know self propelled vehicles were in existence long before the days of Ford. In fact, these people would undoubtedly be correct; the idea of a self propelled vehicle and its actual realization had been present for at least one hundred years before Ford ever made one. However, by considering the definition of invention, the idea of the modern automobile and then briefly tracing the history of the self propelled vehicle, it will become increasingly clear how Henry Ford had invented this dominant form of land transportation.

Before any evidence can be introduced in support of the topic at hand, the definition of invention must be established. Legally, an invention is a new, useful, and non-obvious process, machine, or product. Maurice Fabre, author of A History of Land Transportation (1963), offered an interesting take ...


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..., Charles A. A Century of Progress. New York. Harper and Row Publishers,
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22 Flink, James J. The Automobile Age. pgs 40-43.

23 Hughes, Thomas. American Genesis. New York. Penguin Group. 1989. pgs 188, 193,
203-204.

24 Flink, James J. The Automobile Age. pg 115.

25 Flink, James J. The Automobile Age. pgs 37-39.

26 Flink, James J. The Automobile Age. pgs 43, 119-120.

27 Hughes, Thomas. American Genesis. pg 139.

28 Hughes, Thomas. American Genesis. pgs 1-11, 53, 139, 186

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