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Assembly lines Changed America's Landscape
Ford Motor Company assembly line, Detroit, c.1920.
Ford Motor Company Assembly Line, Detroit, C.1920 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 25 Dec 2011.
Did You Know . . .
Henry Ford's automobile changed people's lives and America's landscape. It led to
- assembly lines
- mass production
- industry growth in consumer products
- lower prices
- workers' wage increase
- better life
- urban growth
- highway system
- railroad decline
In short, technological change improved Americans' economic welfare.
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Web Resources - Urbanization & Electrification
Central Park to the twin towers of the San Remo apartment house on Central Park West as it is illuminated by electric lighting at night, New York, mid-20th Century.
San Remo Apartment Building In New York. Photographer. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 25 Dec 2011.
Words to Know
"(Social Science / Human Geography) of, relating to, or constituting a city or town."
Urbanization: "process by which a large number of people becomes permanently concentrated in relatively small areas, forming cities."
Industrialization: "The process by which traditionally nonindustrial sectors (such as agriculture, education, health) of an economy become increasingly similar to the manufacturing sector of the economy.
Electrification: "the process of making something work by electricity or of bringing a supply of electricity to a building of town."
Daily life in the United States, 1920-1939 : decades of promise and pain by
Call Number: 973.91 KYV
Publication Date: 2002
Examines what daily life was like for ordinary people in the U. S. in the 1920s and the 1930s, discussing the impact of automobiles, electricity, radio, cinema, conflict and crime, the standardization of culture, the Great Depression, and the New Deal on the lives of American citizens.
Reconstructing America by
Call Number: 973 HAK
Publication Date: 2003
Explores the development of the United States from 1865 to 1890, focusing on the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the movements of reform, immigration, industrialization, and urbanization.
Shutting out the sky : life in the tenements of New York, 1880-1924 by
Call Number: 307.76 HOP
Publication Date: 2003
Photographs and text document the experiences of five individuals who came to live in the Lower East Side of New York City as children or young adults from Belarus, Italy, Lithuania, and Romania at the turn of the twentieth century.
Brilliant : the evolution of artificial light by
Call Number: 621.32 BRO
Publication Date: 2010
Examines the societal implications of light across the centuries, from crude lamps and candles through the use of whale oil and gas street lights, the establishment of electrical grids, the banning of incandescent bulbs, and the use of LEDs in various applications.
1920-1940 : the twentieth century by
Call Number: 909.82 192
Publication Date: 2004
Presents twenty-one primary and secondary documents on significant events in world history between 1920 and 1940, including the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Mussolini's March on Rome, the stock market crash, and others.