How Did Henry Ford Change American Society

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Through his innovations, Henry Ford changed America forever. His innovations are the reason that many Americans’ desires are so readily accessible. Henry Ford’s innovations had a significant effect on American society in the early 1900s and continue to impact twenty-first-century American life. In the early 1900s, the Model T provided affordable and dependable transportation for the average American. Henry Ford’s dream was to build a motor car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be …show more content…
Suiting the unpaved roads, Ford’s Model T was not an expensive machine, and it lacked pulchritude. The only color that the Model T came in was black because black paint dried the fastest (McCollum). In addition to the car’s being inexpensive, people could depend on the Model T as it was a very durable automobile (McCollum). Although it was dependable, the Model T was not easy to control since it “had no gearshift […and] its two speeds and reverse were controlled by means of three foot pedals” (Ralph Stein qtd. in McCollum). Even the most frugal customers admired the Model T because of its low cost (McCollum). Moreover, people would even prioritize getting a Model T over meeting their basic needs. Urban middle-class citizens were the primary consumers of the Model T (Thompson). American citizens had enough money to buy the Model T because of the speed at which Ford’s workers built it. Due to Henry Ford’s assembly-line design, workers could build a Model T in two hours and thirty minutes as compared to the previous twelve hours of hard work (“Ford’s”). The Model T was the ultimate

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