The 1920s Boom

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Technology helped fuel the boom of 1922 The most important advance of the second industrial revolution is Henry Ford’s development of mass production. Before Ford, cars were luxury items, and most of his early competitors continued to view them that way, manufacturing and marketing their vehicles for the wealthy. Ford's great stroke of genius was recognizing that with the right techniques, cars could be made affordable for the general public (“Ford”). theright technique for Ford was the assembly line. The concept of this was that employees would have one job, in one stationary position, and move the part through employees creating a Model-T. His method of making cars was efficient, while still cutting costs, enabling Ford to sell his cars cheaper than competitors. Once everyone realized mass production, and assembly lines worked so well for Ford, other factories began adopting Ford’s technique. Other car manufacturers could not compete with their luxury cars intended for the rich. In order to survive as a company, they had to follow suite. “Assembly Lines became the standard in nearly every American factory. (622)” Henry Ford’s rise to success brought any of his material suppliers with him. “The mass production of cars required huge quantities of steel; entire new rolling mills had to be built to supply sheet steel for car bodies. Rubber factories boomed with the need for tires, along with paint and glass factories. (624)” To supply the huge mass of car Henry Ford was mass producing, he needed a huge supply of materials. This brought good times for the economy. Automobiles also brought gas stations into business. “Filling stations appeared on the main streets, replacing horses. (624)” To run the model T’s everyone was buying from Ford, the demand for gas stations was needed. Filling stations met this need, and also made automobiles a permanent…...

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