Assembly Line Advantages

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The assembly line was “the engine of American prosperity” of the 20th century, and even of today. It represented the values of the common American; acceleration, innovation, and efficiency. It ushered in a new age of mass production and consumerism, more goods were readily available to purchase, and people had more disposable income to purchase these goods. While the assembly line improved the American society as a whole, it also greatly affected the lives of those who worked on it, both for the positive and negative. While the assembly line did bring about higher wages, less hours, and unionized benefits for workers, its consequences greatly outweighed the benefits. David E. Nye put it as, “The assembly line seems as a dehumanizing force on society”. It exploited workers, lead to unpredictable unemployment, and “made machines of men”. I believe that similar issues that arose with the workforce of the American assembly line can still be found in our society of today, with the “going postal” phenomnom and other forms of workplace violence. When the assembly line was first accepted into society, it was greatly celebrated. It had brought forth the idea that one could produce more while working less. This mindset had seldom been used before the emergence of the assembly line, and the American public “burbled with excitement”. The benefits of being employed through the assembly line were quickly seen, and it greatly improved the quality of life for people. Ford, realizing that
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