The Automobile and the Radio During the 1920's

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The 1920’s, otherwise known as the “roaring 2o’s” was a time full of technological advancements. Some people may only associate the 1920’s with The Great Depression. They may forget or do not realize the great things that have come from that time. Two of these amazing things were the automobile and the radio. They were and still are absolutely wonderful developments in many ways, however, in other ways not so good.

The Ford Model A was the first car created by Henry Ford in the early 1900’s. However, Henry Ford created the first car in the 1920’s on an assembly line, the Model T. The Ford Model T became one of the most popular vehicles by 1927. Ford’s major competition was The General Motor Company, otherwise known as, GM. William Durant founded GM in 1902. His company saw many ups and downs, but the 1920’s was great time for GM. Popular GM car models were the 1926 Pontiac and the 1924 Buick. The way people traveled changed with the introduction of automobile. People were able to do many things in their lives much differently now. They could drive to work, visit family members who live far away and even take family vacations by car. The quality of people’s lives improved greatly with the introduction of the automobile into their lives. By the end the 20’s, 1 in 5 American families had owned a car

Positive changes occurred in the economy after the automobile was introduced. Factories were expanded and new jobs were created. Gas fuel was needed to run these vehicles. Service stations were needed to repair these cars. Better roads were needed to drive on. Automobiles meant economic prosperity.

Negative effects of the automobile have been air pollution, auto accidents, excessive traffic, and the ability for criminals to get away from a crime much more quickly. Overall, the benefits seem to outweigh these negative effects most of the time.

Radio was a remarkable communication invention of the 1920’s. The 20’s became known as the...
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