Before Ford created a cheaper, more affordable car for the American people, Charles Edgar Duryea had created a car only affordable for the wealthy, not many Americans were as fortunate to be able to buy a car and it was considered a luxury to have. When Ford created the Model T, it changed the way cars were priced. The American people now had more options of cars to choose from so companies in the automobile business had to lower their prices to compete. As in this quote (Jim Luke, par. 7) “ With his invention of the assembly line, it allowed other industries to adopt this idea and decrease their production costs.
Ford founded that it was much easier for the line to move while the workers were stationary. This made it so his employees could perfect one specific job that they were good at. The assembly line cut the time to make a car form 12 hours to two hours and 30 min. Henry produced so many cars his prices could be lowered in 1908 the Model or the “Tin Lizzie” costed $850 and was cut to less than $300 in 1925. The assembly since then has helped many factories in mass production all around the United States.
The Roaring Twenties led to social, political, and economic changes in the United States. The Twenties were one of the most influential time periods of the 1900’s. In the 1920’s America was battling a cultural war between traditional fundamentalists and liberal-minded urbanites. America was faced with a choice: stick with what they have always known or create a new era of change. There are several significant events that highlighted the split between the “two Americas” including Prohibition, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, evolution and the Scopes “Monkey” trial, mass consumerism, and changing attitudes about gender roles, sex, and Women’s rights.
Automobiles were affordable and were designed carefully. The majority of these cars were produced by the Ford Motor Company, led by Henry Ford, who designed a different model each year to satisfy the insatiable crowd. Many of the automotive innovations that we think of as being modern—like electric powered cars, four wheel drive, front wheel drive, hybrid fuel and electric cars—were introduced during the 1920s. The automobiles had various different colors in order to get the attention of people, especially woman, and through time, they evolved to become more comfortable to drive for men (Scott ,1). The automobiles were beneficial to the U.S because they expanded the area of habitat.
How it worked was that an image, read by a lens, would be displayed on a plate where it would be scanned by electrons. The electrons would bounce back, being created into an eclectic impulse where a receiving transmitter would pick up the image and show it on a screen. After countless hours of research, Philo Farnsworth sold his final product to RCA, where he would still collect royalties. While the TV became more popular, it was still too expensive for most, aside from wealthy families. Many people only watched television when they were out in bars or in shopping in stores.
Levittown in New York city was a great example of suburbanization where over ten thousand homes were built for over four thousand people. Living further from the city meant that more people needed cars. Most Americans became owners of at least one car which led to the construction of malls, shopping centers, and drive through restaurants. Rock n roll became famous with all its famous stars like Elvis Presley, but all of them were white. When speaking about that era, Americans believed in equal opportunity, which was sadly, only a belief, since it was not provided neither embodied in real
By the 1920’s, cars had become a signature in celebrity homes, and was considered a luxury to have. Anyone who had money or wanted to look like they had money, also had a car. In the early years of the automotive industry, when not too many people were interested, appealing to anyone was the goal, trying to increase demand. The automotive industry quickly realized that mostly richer people purchased cars. So how could they appeal to other groups?
The transition from Medieval Europe to the Renaissance and beyond was not easy. Death and loss of power were the results of events such as the Black Death, the downfall in economy was also involved, but in the end it resulted in the discovery of new things. You can relate all of these changes to a modern event, known as the Zika virus. The Zika virus, which has recently invaded the United States, is a disease which has many of the same characteristics as the Black Death. When the population changes, government adjustments are often a result.
After World War 1, the effects on people were tremendous. It has affected the people’s minds and hearts physically and mentally. A things lot of our culture and society has changed today because of it. Many people may not know why we do the things we do was because of the Great War. Caused by a group of people that we might see as today funny and out of context, but these are actual historical events that takes a big part in our lives.
The leading excitement in the economy was purchasing an automobile; furthermore, all classes of society could afford purchasing an automobile. Socially speaking, America had additional leisure time activities through the continued development of electronics. The majority of Americans had televisions in the homes. (Shultz, 2014). As exciting as this was for families, this leisure time activity had a negative impact on socializing with others.
For example, prior to the invention of the assembly line an Automobile was considered a luxury only for the rich. After Henry Ford invented the moving assembly line, middle class Americans were also able to purchase this commodity. Due to Henry Ford’s assembly line invention, factories in modern society have produced highly intelligent assembly lines. Ford’s creation has caused a reverberation throughout history and even in the 21st century. For instance, Ford’s own company, today, can create up to 605 cars in 10 hours.
Statistics show that almost one in six families owned a car. In response to the large demand for automobiles, industries began to grow massively, causing the United States to come out of the recession. After the recession was over, the stock market began to rise from the “pay as you go” method used by most of the people buying cars. Also in 1920, the consumption, distribution, or manufacturing of alcohol became illegal from the eighteenth amendment. In result, many people began “bootlegging”, or making, distributing, or selling illicit goods, alcohol.
In the Roaring 1920’s the automobile greatly impacted the standard way of living and the economy during this time period. Cars became very popular due to new model Ford cars which were cheap and quite fashionable, although only coming in the color black. Many things defined the 1920’s, however “Perhaps no invention affected American everyday life in the 20th century more than the automobile.”(ushistory.org 1) Other objects such as the radio, new clothing, and daring acts women took at the time also define the 1920’s. Without the automobile the great economic growth that marked the time period would have not been possible. With the economic growth from the automobile, the 1920’s can be defined by the pristine living condition.
The message of the film is that that even a society that was once so high and in demand and somewhere that everyone wanted to be, can come down at some point, an economic collapse. Getting so many people together all at once in one place can lead to a change the culture. Summary: Henry Ford the creator of Ford cars, helps shape the way that Detroit developed. His mass production of the automobile brought in many workers from all over, they wanted to be a part of what he was offering, which was a higher wage, which would allow for a better life. What comes up must come down, that is exactly what happened to the city of Detroit, people began to leave and parts of Detroit turned into ruins, people were segregated and crime grew.
The Civil War allowed the United States to make the changes necessary to unify the country. In addition, it began one of the most transitional periods in the United States’ history. This period, the Reconstruction, brought about many political, social, and economic changes, which were both beneficial and disagreeable. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Panic of 1873, and the formation of the Ku Klux Klan are just a few examples of heavily impacting events for the United States. During the Reconstruction period there were numerous political transformations in the country.