• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Without the new automobile industry, the prosperity of the 1920s would scarcely have been possible.Agree or Disagree?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

?Without the new automobile industry, the prosperity of the 1920?s would scarcely have been possible.? Agree or Disagree? The automobile industry started up in the 1890?s and at first production was slow and expensive as they were by skilled blacksmiths. In 1900, only 4000 cars were made. However in 1903, Henry Ford set out to revolutionise car production and ?build a car for the great multitude.? Greatly influenced by the efficiency methods of Fredrick Taylor, in 1913 Ford developed the moving assembly line that helped produce 200 cars a day, with each car only taking on average one and a half hours to make. Between 1908 and 1925, over 15 million Model T Fords were produced. With the help of Ford, 1 in 5 Americans owned a car ? a statistic that was unrivalled by Britain for the next 40 years. Personally, I think that the reason why the automobile industry was so successful is because the USA was a consumer society, obsessed about having the latest commercial goods available. ...read more.

Middle

Holiday resorts started to appear as it became easier to travel around because of the car and the new roads. Petrol stations formed in case people ran out of gasoline so they could keep on travelling. One other major feature brought out by the automobile industry was suburbia. The car made it possible for people to live outside of the city and travel in for work. Suburbs began to take shape on the outskirts of big cities. This further boosted the house building industry and then also kept industries that made materials for building houses busy. Of course, there are many other factors contributing to the economic boom in the 1920?s ? it was not single-handedly carried out by the automobile industry. Obviously to be able to keep up with the demands of the car industry, the USA was rich in natural resources and had no need to import or export its goods as the home market was growing. ...read more.

Conclusion

People believed that they had a right to be prosperous. Their main aim in life was to have a good, well-paying job, a nice big house, lots of food to eat and all the latest consumer goods in their home. The idea of consuming was becoming more and more American and the old ideas of thrift and ?saving for a rainy day? were thrown out. In my opinion, the automobile was extremely important in creating the ?prosperity of the 1920?s.? It helped other industries to survive, whilst creating many other business opportunities and providing jobs for many people. But there were other events and policies that helped the boom. Overall, I agree with the statement ?Without the new automobile industry, the prosperity of the 1920?s would scarcely have been possible.? But I do think ?scarcely? is a bit harsh. I would say that without the automobile industry, the prosperity of the 1920?s would not have been as great as it could have been. There would have still been a boom, but it would have been much less noticeable, rather like the ?boom? we had in the early 2000?s before the recession began. Trishnaah Selvajothy 10MS ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1919-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1919-1941 essays

  1. (Q1) Describe some of the key features of Americn society in the 1920's?

    In 1919, 60 million radios were sold and by 1928, there was such a demand that 800 million radios were sold. More demand for products allowed more production, which also made items cheaper, and at a price that was affordable for everyone which at the same time provided more employment.

  2. The USA

    Source H also suggests that prohibition was certainly going to fail, as the total of drunken people in a city of Philadelphia being arrested was increasing in 1920, 1923 and 1925. Meaning more people were drinking alcohol, when they were told not to drink and buy alcohols by prohibition.

  1. ''The boom of the 1920's did not benefit all Americans''. Explain how far you ...

    Also in North Carolina in 1928, male workers were being paid $18 dollars and women only $9 for a 70-hour week, at that time $48 a week was considered to be minimum requirement for a decent living standard.

  2. To what extent did America roar in the 1920s?

    Prohibition 'roared' for supporters of temperance because they got what they wanted and wives and children benefited because their husbands were no longer spending their money on alcohol. In addition, the 1920s was a great decade for the criminals who made money out of transporting, making and selling alcohol.

  1. The USA in the 1920s and 1930s

    In 1925 the Revenue Act was passed, which lowered some taxes and abolished others. In all there were tax rebates of around 43.5bn. Low taxes allowed business owners to invest some of their profits in expanding the business. Also gave the middle classes and upper classes plenty of money to buy what they wanted.

  2. Revision Notes - the USA in the 1920s and 30s.

    This caused sales to fall, so prices and wages were cut. When this didn't help, the factories had to fire workers. Fewer workers lead to there being even fewer products sold, and this went in a cycle, causing industry to crash, and people to lose their jobs.

  1. The boom of the 1920's would scarcely have been possible without the automobile industry. ...

    Standardisation was introduced, this was where a car was produced in the same way with different mechanics doing different jobs allowing enhancements, changes and modifications being allowed to be made without affecting the assembly line and creating a new standard.

  2. Were the Republican policies the main reason for prosperity in the 1920s?

    people were buying American consumer goods and money came in to America. Finally, it could be argued that the growth of new industries were important in the growing prosperity of USA in the 1920s. This is because new industries were made and a fast majority of consumer goods were produced.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work