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

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?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.

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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.

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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.

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