Before cars, people traveled by carriages, horses, streetcars and bicycles. These methods of transportation were not as effective as the car, so transportation over long distances was not entirely facilitated. This is why the innovation of the automobile was so important to the creation of suburbs and other areas of living outside the city. Transportation was facilitated and citizens could finally afford to leave the dirty and crowded city and commute from their quiet country homes outside of the mess of people and disease. Since World War II, cars have entirely reshaped cities and their near suburbs dramatically (Chafe).
The American Economy The American economy is a vibrant, free-market system that is constantly developing out of the choices and decisions made by millions of citizens who play multiple, often overlapping roles as consumers, producers, investors and voters. The changes in the organization and performances of the manufacturing industry over the last century have helped shape the American economy. The Automotive industry perhaps made the biggest changes to their manufacturing processes. I will be reviewing the role of the industrialist Henry Ford and his innovative methods that changed the organization and performance of the American manufacturing industry forever. He produced an affordable car, paid high wages and helped create a middle class, which in turn fueled the America Industrial revolution into overdrive mode.
The Model T Ford was invented in 1908 and was originally only bought by the rich. The Model T was slick and appealing as opposed to the older design of cars. After the war when prices dropped, productions skyrocketed because common people could afford to buy them. The assembly line for the Model T’s gave many Americans seeking jobs after war an opportunity for work. Not only did sixteen million Model T’s sell by 1927, but the automobiles popularity lead to the construction of more roads and highways through the funds of the public.
For example the cars needed steel and rubber and due to the vast amounts of cars being produced much steel and rubber was being produced hence more employment. The 'T-model' car was coming off the production line at one every 10 seconds at one stage! As many people were buying cars, more roads had to be made, and this created large employment (at one point making roads was the USA's largest employer), boosting the economy. Many people bought cars on credit, again stimulating the economy. The automobile industry did indeed have a major role to play in the prosperity of the 1920s.
Eventually, the car began to increase in popularity. During the 1920s, the US economy was on the rise and one of the main reasons was the automobile. Assembly lines were becoming more efficient, thus, admitting cars to be made more cheaply and allowing prices of cars to drop. From 1909 to 1925, the price of a Ford Model T dropped from $950 to $290. This allowed more people to be able to afford them.
Austin stress 1st block How the automobile has changed America The automobile had changed America in many ways since it has been created in the early 1900’s. When the automobile was first invented it was a thing only the rich could afford. After the invention of the mass production line more and more people were able to buy automobiles because they were being produce and sold for cheaper. A historian once said that Henry ford is the reason why common people have no limitations of their geography. One of the main reasons that the automobile has changed America for the better is because of its effect it has had on transportation.
The Used Car Industry In the past 30 years, the United States auto industry has gone through many changes. In order to stay competitive with a foreign market, constantly threatening to eat away at profits, the American auto industry has had to respond by being flexible and adapt itself to this new situation. Although, in the past, they were slow to get the message sent out by the consumers, the domestic auto industry now seems to be more than willing to analyze, and answer, the demands of a smarter, savior consumer. The growth of the used car field has been a result of these demands. Rising, higher prices for new cars have caused the typical American consumer to examine alternate solutions for their transpiration needs.
The ‘Automobile Revolution’ massively impacted the United States, from environmental issues all the way to how people lived their everyday lives. (“1920’s”; Wikipedia) During the twenties a major technological revolution had come forth into the spotlight, Henry Ford’s assembly line. The widely acclaimed assembly line allowed for manufacturing companies to create much more product to sell, one of these products was your everyday automobiles. With these companies being able to make increasing numbers of vehicles they were able to supply the skyrocketing demand that the public wanted. Prosperity during this time allowed for the residence to afford these worldly purchases they so greatly desired.
Ford's innovation of the assembly line transformed the automobile industry from just an expensive piece of fancy metal with wheels to a productive machine of American society. Many people assume that Henry Ford invented the assembly line, however, they were wrong. Henry Ford only improved it very greatly and used it in his factories to produce them better and faster. Ford perfected it to be used for mass production. The assembly line allowed for production to increase in the factories.
The automobile, which was once thought of as a rare luxury, was being sold by the millions. Assembly lines were becoming more efficient, thus allowing cars to be made more cheaply allowing the price of automobiles to drop. The growth of the automobile helped stimulate the economy through its dependence on other industries such as glass, rubber and steel, which were connected to the production of cars. These automobile related industries created new jobs, greater affluence and more spending power for millions of American consumers. Even at the beginning of America’s transformation into the consumer culture of today the automobile was at the forefront this conversion.