The Effects Of The Automobile In The 1920's

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Today, it is custom in America for citizens to own automobiles and use them in everyday life; this was not a normalcy until the 1920’s though. In the years previous to the 1920’s the only people who could afford automobiles were the extremely wealthy. The automobile that these upper-class citizens would often buy was the Model N from Ford. This was a very large and expensive automobile. Henry Ford knew that he had to create a smaller more affordable car to sell to the mass market (ask for help). Therefore Ford created the model T, a small box shaped car. Since he perfected the use of the assembly line used for production he was able to produce the cars far less expensively, thus making them cheaper to purchase. The assembly line technique …show more content…
All of the advanced technology and new means of production used on automobiles also advanced the production of tractors and harvesters. This advanced production made tractors and harvesters too high tech and expensive, thus driving farm workers out of production. The production of the automobile was also blamed for many social issues. Church attendance declined, which was blamed on too many people going to sunday drives. Cars also made it easier to have quicker getaways, therefore crime rates increased. The widespread ownership of automobiles in the 1920’s also changed the way that teenagers dated. Previous to the automobile teenagers really did not have the means to get out from under the supervision on their parents. Now they could take a car and go out on dates anywhere, alone. This often led to a lot of “necking” in the backseat and coming home far later than their expected. Therefore the automobile was blamed for corrupting youth. Because of these issues there was a large controversy surrounding the automobile in the 1920s. This controversy is illustrated by the humorist Will Rogers’ remark, “Good luck, Mr.Ford. it will take a hundred years to tell whether you have helped or hurt us, but you certainly didn’t leave us like you found

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