Henry Ford and Mass Production of the Automobile
Helen Taft: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two or more class periods
It is entirely possible that Henry Ford never uttered those words! However, the Model T revolutionized transportation in the United States. Until the production of the Model T, automobiles were too expensive for the average American to own. Although the White House did not own a Model T, surely Nellie Taft saw them on the streets of our nation’s capital.
The exhibit design can be either individual or group projects.
Note to Teacher: You may need to check the web sites and print resources that your students will use very carefully. Ford’s flirtation with Hitler and Nazi ideology in the 1930s may not contribute to the desired lesson outcomes.
The Ford Museum has a wonderful website. It is listed first.
Teacher resource only or to be used with care by older students (see Note to Teacher above):
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.