Ford Model T: the Idea That Started a Revolution

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Ford Model T: The Idea That Started a Revolution

Nathan McCourt
Mr. Todd Willems
20th Century History
19 December 2011

Table of Contents

Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………3 The “Assembly Line”………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4 Keeping the Relationship……………………………………………………………………………………………………….6 The Ethos of Mass Production………………………………………………………………………………………………..8 Industries Built off an Industry………………………………………………………………………………………………11 Transforming America Yesterday and Today…………………………………………………………………………13 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….15 Works Cited…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..17

Nathan McCourt
Mr. Willems
20th Century History
19 December 2011
Introduction
The time is the 1910s: people are moving about, working day and night for the next big thing. Places to be, people to meet, new things to experience-this is the new era of America. A time where big ideas become a reality, where America is beginning to be recognized as world leader, these are the times of invention, excitement, and limitless possibilities. Americans of this time are always willing to spend money for entertainment, and more importantly they are willing to spend money on anything that could possibly make life easier. America was beginning to enter the Industrial Revolution, and the way America produced goods would never be the same. Leading the Industrial Revolution is a young man from Dearborn, Michigan who dreams of producing a machine that has the ability to move people from place to place faster than ever. This young man’s name is Henry Ford, and his ideas will transform the way America produces goods, and the way Americans get around from place to place. Henry Ford, known as the father of the automobile, is working to invent his most popular machine known as the Ford Model T- the first common man’s automobile. In order to make his dream a reality Ford needed a way to produce Model Ts quickly and efficiently, he needed a well-oiled, man-powered factory that could make vehicles as fast as he could sell them. Ford’s biggest and most famous factory is Ford Motor Company’s Highland Park Plant in Highland Park, Michigan. Ford’s factory performed and perfected all of his ideas to full potential, and gave a strong blueprint for many factories across America. His ideas of mass production and the availability of transportation to everyone would shape the way America would develop into a nation always on the move. Even though there were other major factories of this time, none compared to the mass production, efficiency and influence of the Model T produced in the Ford Motor Company-which changed America’s industry and life style even to this day. The “Assembly Line”

Before the idea of mass production was even in existence, products made in America were locally produced by a neighbor one by one and made to order. This made sure that no time or product was ever wasted by the producer. Henry Ford, however, would never make a profit if he were to just produce the Ford Model T one by one for every person who came to him asking him for one. Ford knew his invention would be a success, meaning that he would need to produce his product in very large quantities. Ford needed a way of producing his automobile in a short amount of time, while minimizing waste and retaining quality. An idea came to Ford when he thought of how butchers dress meat in mass amounts. The butchers would complete their task on the meat and then slide the meat down to the next man in line to perform his job. Ford repurposed this idea and designed what is now known to workers as an “assembly line”.

Ford’s ingenious idea of the assembly line allowed for Ford Model Ts to be produced rapidly and in great amounts, the first time any product in America has ever been mass produced. The assembly line plays a huge role in the success of the Ford Model T because of how rapidly the Ford Motor Company could produce...
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