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Automobile Success

Well-known for the line of Ford automobiles Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, in Dearborn, Michigan. He grew up on a farm and had lots of opportunities to tinker with machines and later got a job in a Detroit machine shop. Ford came up with the first horseless carriage in 1896. At this time only the wealthy could afford automobiles. Then Ford came up with the Model T which sold for $950. After 19 years of manufacturing the car, he lowered the price to $280 and people loved it. In the U.S. 15, 500,000 Model T cars were sold.

The question was how Ford could make the car so inexpensive and the answer was that he invented the modern assembly line. With other creative ideas in mind, he made a three-shift workday for his employees and this made it possible to manufacture the Model T 24 hours a day.

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As a result of this Americans found they loved the idea of being able to go anywhere whenever they wanted to. People could move out of crowded cities and live in the suburbs. Ford had become a great success. In his later years, he spent his time working on Greenfield Village, a restored rural town which he modeled after his memories of Dearborn where he grew up.

Today it is known as The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village and is a large indoor and outdoor history complex in Dearborn, Michigan.

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