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The Effects of the Invention of the Automobile

The invention of the automobile has brought more positive and negative effects than any other invention throughout the history of transportation. As the most widely accepted method of transportation, cars have changed the way people have lived all over the world. They have affected all aspects of society such as family life, the economy, and even the environment. It is hard to find a movie, book, or TV show that does not have some type of automobile in it. The advancement of automobiles over time has directly affected the advancement of society as a whole. Mass production of the automobile became publicly available in the 1920’s. They quickly gained fame as the new and fast way to travel. In the beginning, automobiles were considered to be a luxury, but as they became more mass produced, more people were able afford them. Changes made in the manufacturing process made the cost lower so that the average American could afford a vehicle. The first mass produced vehicle was the Model T, made famous by Henry Ford, the inventor of an improved assembly line. Ford’s improved assembly line was the first conveyor belt-based assembly line. In Ford’s Highland Park, Michigan plant, the assembly line reduced production costs for cars by reducing assembly time. Ford's famous Model T was assembled in ninety-three minutes from an earlier production time of 728 minutes. Ford’s main goal with his assembly line was to make sure that the Model T would be available to a majority of the public. His low production cost enabled the final cost of the car to be lowered as well. The more widely used automobiles became, the more they began to affect the daily lives of Americans. During the 1920’s the suburbs were also becoming popular. The automobile played a major role in the spreading out of these suburbs. It heavily influenced family life, and made for a more mobile society. The role of women in society was also affected by the...
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