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