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US History - the life of Henry Ford

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´╗┐Ben Glime pg.1 Mr. Fowler American History8th 19 February 2011 Henry Ford didn?t invent the first car, but however he did create the assembly line. Which we still use today. Ford was the first to mass produce cars and be successful. He based his business on three fundamentals: low prices for the consumer, increased productivity, and better working conditions for the laborer. In order to maintain a high rate of productivity. Henry Ford is important because he created the moving assembly line. ?He received a job with the Detroit Edison Company, and by 1891, advanced to the position of chief engineer. Ford loved this job because it allowed him to experiment with steam and combustion engines and innovate on other inventions. Ford built a gasoline engine in 1893 and his first car, dubbed the ?Quadricycle? in 1896?. Henry Ford was born on July 30,1863 and died in April 7,1947. Ford was born and raised on a farm near Dearborn, Michigan. His mother and farther were Mary Litogot Ford and William Ford (1826?1905). ?Ford was the first of William and Mary Ford's six children?. When Ford was older he became an apprentice at a work shop in Detroit fixing watches. ...read more.

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Ford didn?t invent the automobile, but however he developed design concepts and production techniques. Which allowed the mass manufacturing of automobiles at affordable prices. Henry Ford?s business philosophy rested on three fundamentals: low prices for the consumer, increased productivity, and better working conditions for the laborer. In order to pg.3 maintain a high rate of productivity necessary to roll out Model Ts in high volume. Assembly- line production required laborers who were familiar with the assembly process and could carry out repetitive tasks over long hours without variation. To entice workers to persist in such mind?numbing work, Ford initiated the $5 day. Ford?s $5 day program could not survive wartime inflation and collapsed by 1919. Ford also stirred up controversy in setting the standard for higher wages in the auto industry, paying more than double the going wage rate in order to attract and keep skilled labor. The higher wages in turn created disposable income that workers eventually spent on consumer goods, including cars, which resulted in the further growth of the company. Many social critics, however, contend that the higher wages were more than offset by the demanding, high-production work that the moving assembly line was created. ...read more.

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During WWI and WWII his company was a major producer of war materials. ?Over all, Ford lived a life trying to help many middle-class people, while everyone else only served the elite class, in hopes of earning more money. Ford tried many different ways to bridge the growing rift between traditional and industrial living. He also professed to believe in an almighty, all-knowing God. This is clearly obvious in his statement ?I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe pg.5 every thing will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about??2 He also showed an understanding of the Bible and Biblical prophesy because he believed the Jews would return to Palestine and have their own country back, which few during his time believed. Unfortunately, though he denied that wealth could give security , he thought that real security comes from human wisdom and knowledge instead of from a personal walk with his all-knowing God. Again, his quote shows his opinion, ?The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability?.? 3 ...read more.

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