Henry Ford: The Industrial Genious

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During the late years of the 1800s and during the early years of the 1900s there was no fast means of transportation, except by horses. In the United States, there was one American farm boy, who would become one of the greatest manufacturers of modern times. He was also an industrial genius. How did the life and work of Henry Ford have a lasting impact on contemporary American society? His contributions led an individual to create a faster means of transportation. Another contributor to modernization of life other then Henry Ford was Thomas Edison. This led scholars to question the impact of Henry Ford. While many laughed at Ford and did not help him to pursue his goal, there was enough evidence to prove he was a reformer, philanthropist, and a world leader.

Henry Ford was the first to build an automobile. Ford built two middle class types of vehicles, the Model T and the Model A.

Researchers report Henry Ford had an idea to build a car that was so affordable that everyone could own. This car would be then affordable to store clerks, schoolteachers, carpenters, farmers, librarians, and those who would have had a decent job (Hakim 173). Sobel points out that the prices of the Model T changed drastically for his time period. The prices went from $825 dollars down to $290 dollars. Sobel also points out that very little change had been made between the years of 1914 - 1925, and the car only came in one color, which was black (379 - 380). Scholars wrote that the Model T's production stopped in 1927 ("Ford," The New Encyclopedia Britannica Vol. 4 876). Today there are many cars that come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, etc. For instance the Ford Motor Company itself makes the Ford...