Oct. 12 – the future of “Backseat Driving”

ryanAmerican History(BR), Bell Ringers

On Oct. 12, 1915, the millionth Model T Ford rolled off the assembly line.

By using an assembly line to build the Model T Ford car, Henry Ford made it possible for the automobile to become part of the household reality of average Americans. Ford pioneered many other innovations which made life better for average workers, including doubling the minimum wage in 1914 to $5 a day, reducing the workweek from six to five days in 1922, and in 1926, reducing the five-day week to 40 hours.

All this was made possible by the success of the company. Henry Ford famously said, “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”

  1. How did mass production and distribution of cars change the country?
  2. Today, we’re on the verge of self-driving cars. How do you think self-driving cars will change the country, again?

Image Citation:

27, Sept. 2018 1908 Ford Model T [Digital photograph].  Retrieved from <kid.kiddle.co>.