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Film Review Final - Ryan Paur HST 203 Fall 2009 Review of...

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Ryan Paur November 20, 2009 HST 203; Fall 2009 Review of “Job at Fords” Henry Ford has been referred to as the Godfather of automobiles. Although he didn’t invent the automobile he did develop the concept of an assembly line. In Ford opened the Rouge River Plant employing fifty thousand workers, the largest factory in American history. Ford’s factory helped to develop America at a time when America was just emerging as a world power. Not only did Ford provide jobs for the men that worked in his factories but more jobs were created when the government needed paved roads for the cars to drive on. Ford created many positions for needy Americans but he also enslaved these people as his desperate employees. The employees faced extremely hard conditions and grueling labor. Henry Ford became an American icon by using his ingenuity to help the common man, but the people who Ford directly affected would say differently. Henry Ford was the son of a farmer and he took nothing in his life for granted. He worked long and hard as he slowly built his empire. When Ford started his business he was one of many small auto businesses but he had a vision of something far greater than remaining a small automaker. He believed that cars should not just be something for the rich but rather something that the common worker would to be able to afford. Ford had designed a way to increase efficiency yet decrease the cost of production for his Model T. In 1916 the price for one of Ford’s Model Ts was $316, far less than the $700 price tag in 1910. 1 Ford had seen an opportunity to make money; by selling his cars for less he could attract a much larger consumer 1 1 Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty! An American History , Seagull Edition (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006), 649.
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