Compare and Constrast Essay on Henry Ford

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Henry Ford






Henry Ford was a genius in many aspects of our everyday life. He changed industry,
production, and everybody's lifestyle. Many people know about him inventing some of
the first automobiles, but what came out of it for America was a new encouragement
for technology and an easier lifestyle for the average American.

Also Henry Ford has changed the perspective of industries around the world. His
invention of the assembly line and his five-dollar a day wage for the average worker
brought about a total new change in factories. Ford's style and ingenuity helped
America to be more prosperous and created a large amount of opulence for America in
the early 1900's, all because of one man's creativity and determination to achieve a
dream that would help out the common man and the entire world.

Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, on a farm a few miles from Detroit. As a boy
Henry was very creative and liked to work with tools. However, he hated doing chores
and he always wanted to make things easier to do in life. This would be Henry's motto
in life, always wanted to make things easier to do in life, at home or work. Ford was so
creative that in 1893, he built his first engine and in 1896, he completed what he called
the quadricycle, which ran for several years and sold it for $200. Ford had his second
car finished in 1898 which was lighter and stronger than most cars around then. Soon
enough many automobile companies were looking for somebody like Ford to help get
their company going.

However, Ford would go into automobile racing and then build his own car company.
Ford's years in automobile racing was his way to improve the car and a chance to test
it under competition. Soon though, he would get out of racing by a tough minded and
ambitious James Couzens, who developed plans for a car company.

Couzens was able to start out the company with $28,000 in cash, and $21,000 in
notes. The Ford Motor Company came out with the model A, the model B, and the
model K in their beginning years. However, most of these cars were too expensive for
the common man. So Ford decided that he would make a car that was affordable to the
ordinary worker. For a few years, Ford and his technicians began building their next and
most important car in history. In 1908, Ford brought out for the first time the Model T.
It was an ugly car, seven feet high with false doors and a crank. Even though it was
ugly and simple, it was modern and affordable.

Actually, it was ahead of it's time. The car could generate it's own electricity for
ignition and it had a planetary transmission which allowed women and children to drive
it. It was easy to operate and had the most efficient gasoline gauge of it's time. The
greatest thing that came out from the Model T, was it's influence in all of America.
Since the Model T was the first affordable car, which reached a low of only $260 in
1925, it allowed the average American to own a car now. One thing the Model T helped
in was the improvement of the roads. With more people out on the roads, many roads
were now being paved, and highways and bridges were being built for cars. Also
farmers saw the Model T effective, soon the rural population was brought into the
mainstream of technology. It was such a popular car, that over fifteen million were sold
all over the world. However, the most important thing the Model T did, was it's impact
on connecting the people of America.

Bridges, roads, and highways were starting to be built for automobiles. Women were
starting to leave the house now more because the Model T was easy to drive. Families
could now go on trips and see America. Access to places was easier now, which led to
the building of more stores, restaurants, and companies. This car was such a great
impact, that the lifestyle we know today was created a lot by one automobile. The
Model T, was the most affordable car of it's time, but how Ford was able to make it so
affordable was by his production ingenuity. The one greatest invention in industry is
the assembly line. Henry Ford had a theory that if cars were manufactured all alike,
they could be turned out in larger numbers at a lesser cost. That is why the Model T
came only in black and they were all built the same way. Ford had the whole thing
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