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Route 66

Automobile pulling a trailer along Route 66. This is perhaps the most ideal depiction of “Freedom to move” and an early 1900s definition of “Modern dream of mobility”. Perhaps, the travelers in the car are a family of 4 from a suburb of Chicago who want to move out West for opportunities. Or perhaps, the traveler is a male individual who has packed up his belongings to move West for a new beginning. Like most images, the West is portrayed as a “place for new beginnings”. I think the road changes people by opening up their eyes to new possibilities that their previous lives did not have. The invention of the Model T by Henry Ford helped make images like this more realistic for many Americans who dreamed of starting over out West.

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In response to a previous blog that was focused on Henry Ford and his online presence, I would have to say that overall the blog does well to briefly lay out what an important figure Henry Ford was as it mentions the changes he made in business through the development of the assembly line, the fact his company manage to make cars that were not just available for the elite but for the working class average American. The blog also does well to briefly outline how Henry Ford is an example of a man who accomplished the American Dream and mentions the work Ford did in creating equality in America.

I do think though that ultimately the blog falls short of accomplishing the goal of presenting Ford as a truly iconic person as I don’t think it details enough of the impact he had on the world and the legacy that he left. I think that it needs to emphasize the huge impact he had on the word of business, his establishment of the assembly line is acknowledged but I would like to see a bit more on how important a creation this was and how it truly revolutionized the way products are made. Also the work he did not just for business but also for workers as he established things such as the five day working week. His way of running a business which coined the phrase Fordism created the mould for modern day business and I think this legacy could have been addressed further. I think the blog just needed to develop further its ideas of showing Ford’s impact on the world which was and still is massive. I think that as a brief overlay of Henry Ford the blog achieves its aims but I would like to see a bit more content that justifies Ford being called an icon and why personally the author thinks that.  

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American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, played a vital role in American culture. With a simple Google search of ‘Henry Ford’ a mountain of related web pages and images appear of the man himself coupled beside his cars and achievements. This bounce back of information correctly encapsulates the legacy and iconic status of Henry Ford.

When browsing any biographical site in regards to Henry Ford, including the biography.com site and Wikipedia, there are sections completely dedicated to his achievements such as the assembly line means of productions, the Ford Model T (although it was not the first motor car it was the first designed specifically for the everyday American people) and for his equality measures placed in the workforce for women and African Americans.  Ford is also represented on the internet for some of the things which he said such as ‘I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable,’ being one of his most famous quotes.

Furthermore in Jason DeParle’s ‘Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs’ in the New York Times, Henry Ford is presented as one of the iconic American figures to accomplish the true American Dream. Within the first lines of the article Ford is joined with Benjamin Franklin to emphasise that having faith that others could start from humble origins and rise to economic heights makes it possible for everyone else to accomplish the same thing. Although not mentioned for the rest of the article the mention of Ford at the start is enough to create the wanted image in the minds of those reading it.

Overall there is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet regarding Henry Ford and he is presented not only for his achievements but for what he represents in American culture.

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