Henry Ford’s Way

The Editors of New Word City

In the storybooks, Henry Ford’s destiny was set in motion one day in the summer of 1876, when the 13-year-old was riding in a wagon with his father near Detroit. They came upon a gigantic road roller—steam-powered, self-propelled, glittering with brass, and clanking mightily. As he was to write 47 years later, “I can remember that engine as though I had seen it only yesterday...I was off the wagon and talking to the engineer before my father knew what I was up to.” That moment gave us the assembly line, the Tin Lizzie and the automotive society, suburbia, the shopping mall, and children bickering in ...

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