By 1920, 50% of the population was now living in urban areas, whereas before it was only 5%. Henry Ford also developed his model T Ford during this time and sold 15 million by 1927. More and more “white collar jobs” such as law enforcement and business became popular during these times and steered them away from physical labour such as mining and farming, as America was now progressing towards an urban culture. Less manual labourers were needed during this time because the use of machinery flourished. Productivity did increase as a result and with this a lively consumer culture was created, with advertising becoming a crucial factor in promoting new products and developing the economy.
Ford’s innovations in manufacturing created less expensive cars and higher wage jobs. Also, Model T’s revolutionized transportation and roadways. They allowed people to travel to work, visit family far away, and take vacations. By 1930 over 500,000 miles of paved roads connected rural and suburban areas with cities. Henry Ford and the Model T relate to the NHD theme because by improving the assembly line for manufacturing cars, they expanded the American
Automobiles allowed for travelling and the transporting of goods to be easily accomplished. The creation of the automobile was extremely beneficial for midwestern farmers, middle-class urban residents, and factory workers. “Technological advancements led to economies of scale; these favored wealthier
This caused America to flourish with new inventions, for example the automobile, household machinery, television, etc. Even old inventions and ideas were improving, like the radio, movies, and the use of advertising. The radio, movies, driving, and buying the various new products became a part of the daily lives. These inventions created a sense of ease for daily lives in America in the 1920s. It made life, jobs, and experiences easier.
Automobiles allowed people to travel long distances. This made it possible for workers to live outside of the city and commute to work. This caused the rural population to increase leading to the urban sprawl. Owning cars gave families the opportunity to go on vacation to distant places and rural families could travel to the city for shopping and entertainment. The 1920’s brought an increase of convenience for the middle class.
The 1920s were the first years of the new, modern America, with a growing consumer society and new ideas and rules. America saw many changes throughout this decade, including but not limited to social, economic and political changes. Throughout this time, new values were made with the growth of new forms of entertainment and education. After the Progressive Era, the ideas of political figures changed with a new focus on conservative politics and less labor issues. With the new ability for people to buy other products than basic needs, their money went to new inventions, causing new industries to grow.
Overall, products such as the washing machine and dishwashers made life easier and more efficient for families at home. However, automobiles like the Chevrolet, the Rambler and the Hudson Hornet were huge successes when it came to consumerism in the economy. Manufacturers in the automobile industry, would make small changes to every year’s model. These changes would persuade consumers to buy the new model and that they needed to update their cars every couple of years and ultimately expanded purchasing growth in the 50’s society. Advertising
It's one of the most famous car companies on the market and one of his biggest accomplishments was when he made the Model T. It was a car that in 1908 that everyone could afford and buy cheaply and high quality. There is a quote by Henry Ford that says “I will build a car for the great multitude”. As a result of his work he effected the automobile industry by making cars, like the Model T, so America could afford. In 1908 more than ten thousand of them sold for $825 each in first year production . Because of new techniques he used to make the car more advanced he included the assembly line and the price dropped to $575 within four years and sales went
Not only did he have an effect on society, he has also played a role on helping the country in times of need. Looking at his effect of allowing the average person to own a car, advancing the work force, growing the middle class, creating tourism, and allowing the United States to thrive during World War II, Henry Ford helped the middle class more than anyone. Henry Ford is the reason that the average American had the ability to own a vehicle. Before Ford started making vehicles, cars were a luxury item only owned by doctors and lawyers. Ford began making his Model T using a revolutionary idea, the moving assembly line.
Transportation is one of the leading factors in the growth and furthering of our society and America as a whole. From the settlers in wagons to the average people of today in fancy cars and buses. The expansion of transportation and the technology advancements we have made throughout history have improved the rate at which America is able to urbanize. In 1758 the first ever rail road was placed, however they didn 't truly take as they were only a cheap way to transport coal and was mostly a privately owned rails.They were almost completely made of wood, even the carts that road along them. The public had continued to use wagons, horses, and just plainly walk through the following years.