Henry Ford's Impact On Society

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Henry Ford is an example of how economic and social policies of successive Republic Governments contributed to a world of inequality.
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Henry Ford the genius behind the successful assembly line mass production of products; in his case; the motor car. Born in Dearborn Michigan in 1893 into a farming family. Henry was educated at the local school. At the age of sixteen he became a machinist apprentice. Henry was raised as an Episcopalian. He had very strong views, he believed in reincarnation but was deeply Anti-Semitic, making him a hero of Hitler and the Nazis. He was given in 1938 the Grand Cross of the German Eagle presented by Hitler himself.

What were Henry Ford Eugenicist Ideologies?
Henry Ford despised all religious faiths
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Fords first year of sales was $825.00 per car and over ten thousand were sold. The second year his technic had brought down the price of his cars to $575.00 and car sales rocketed.
But Henry Ford’s impact on society was huge. He changed the way society lived. From going from a horse drawn transportation the limits of travel for a horse drawn wagon was 10/15 miles. This meant that people would tend to live in a 10/15 mile radius of a city, railway or water transportation. This kept communities isolated from the mainstream of economic and social life.
The motor vehicle paved the way for roads and better links to urban communities. It paved the way for people to live outside of the city and begin commuting to work. Houses were being built with garages and drives and there were different house styles to choose from. Farmers had a way to get their goods to the communities faster and in a more convenient way. Urban societies grew with more schools, hospitals as everything grew more
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Laissez-Faire, non-interference by the government was the main benefactor to new and upcoming businesses and industries. Due to the lack of government control and rules, businesses and industries were able to act in whatever manner they wished, sometimes without consideration to the impact on the workers.
Republican values supported rugged individualism. People overcoming problems and succeeding by their own effort and hard work and not receiving help from the government. Republicans were only out to help the rich and those able to achieve success. They had no intentions of aiding the poor as they were Republican and not Democrats. The never provided a safety net for people when they needed it. Neither did they fund the poor to assist them getting on their own two feet and creating businesses.
With the government having little control over industries and businesses they were able to raise wages so that the employees could buy their products. Henry Ford was an example and leader in this area. He raised all of his employees’ wages to $6 (ref: Henry Ford 1922, My Life My Work) with strict terms and conditions attached. This enabled them to buy his cars. He lowered the price of the car annually making it more affordable for all not just his employees. This helped control the workforce tying them with consumerism which was supported by the growth in available

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