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Contrary to popular belief Henry Ford did

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Contrary to popular belief Henry Ford did NOT invent the automobile! He was the founder of the Ford Automobile Company and used the assembly line method of manufacturing to produce his Model T roadster at a price that made it affordable to most Americans.

Henry Ford DID

  • Use mass production to produce goods that were cheaper in cost

  • Promoted high wages to create skilled workers loyal to the company

  • Developed the franchise business model video min1:28

Wright Brothers

Orville 1871-1948

Wilbur 1867-1912

Inventors of the airplane

Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

Beginning first with gliders and then adding a gasoline engine for power the brothers had the first successful flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Caroline. The entire flight lasted only 12 seconds at a distance of 120 feet.

At first the Europeans did not believe the accuracy of the brother’s claims but following several demonstrations in France their claims were acknowledged as true. mini video min 3:29

Levi Strauss 1829-1902

Did NOT invent the blue jean! Strauss was a store owner in San Francisco during the time of the California Gold rush. He partnered with Jacob Davis, a customer who had invented a riveted work pants. The pants design was patented in 1873. Strauss and Davis created the Levi Straus & Company that manufactured the first blue jeans. Before he manufactured blue jeans, he had made tents.

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