AUTOMOBILES: THE TUNRING POINT OF THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY
Henry Ford was a man of great intelligence who had an impression that is still lingering today. The creation of the assembly line provided for technological, and economical expansion. The price of cars had lowered greatly from the increase in efficiency. Average People were now able to drive openly and freely with friends since the majority of people could now afford cars.
Then creation of the modern car was something that did not necessarily come easy to Ford. All of his past experience at Edison Illumination Company, and his curiosity compelled him to do create what would become what is considered to be the modern car. He was not alone on this journey, he often had help from some of his fellow coworkers. When the quadricycle, Ford’s first attempt at a car, was created, it changed the way people moved around. The quadricycycle ran on an internal combustion engine that was a necessary item to the car. This allowed for people to not have to use steam engines. Ford made many cars throughout his years, but nothing was nearly as popular as the Model T. By the early 1920’s, half of the cars that America was driving, were the Model T. This car was made to be versatile in all conditions, including snow, mud, and gravel. This car was the beginning of a new era in transportation. People no longer had to walk to places, but could drive in comfort instead. People now saw driving as something to do on a Sunday night, because they could now afford to do it. The Model T paved the way for the modern car today.
"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward."
-Henry Ford on adversity
The assembly line, a new faster and easier way to produce items. The assembly line consisted of a conveyer belt which moved a car down to certain stations in a line. The stations would consist of a man who was trained to only put that one part onto the car. So, each station put a piece of the car on and by the time it got to the end it was a fully built and running car. This was done by having universal premade parts, ready to be put on the car. And when the chassis came to the worker’s station, he had to move quickly and put this car part onto the car. This made the creation of the car much more efficient. The cars were now coming off the line every three minutes and since they were now being mass produced for cheaper, the average American family could now own a car.
"We live in an era of tremendous facts. And the facts are facts. They are also unpleasant facts, which does not decrease their factual percentage one bit. Our job is to understand them, to recognize their presence, to learn if we can what they signify and not to fall into the error of minimizing facts because they have a bitter flavor." -Henry Ford on Facts
The working conditions of Ford’s workers were not always best, but they were not nearly as bad as some of the other places to work. Salaries were paid in great amounts here and this pleases every man. There was even a diversity of workers in the workforce, Ford Motor Company had more African American employees than any other automotive company. These employees were placed in all hourly job classifications. During this period, the company also hires its first Asian-Indian employee, who went on to establish Ford of India, opening the door for many Asian-Indians in the Ford workplace. The company hires its first African American salaried employee and promotes the first African American to plant foreman in 1924. *
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