History 408  History of American Science and Technology

Reading Worksheet


Henry Ford

Smith, 312-354; skim Hughes, 203-248


Date:                                                   Name:

1. What’s new and striking to you in the readings on this topic in Smith and in Hughes?





2. What were the advantages and disadvantages of Ford’s mass production system?  For whom?






3. How did the automobile reshape American society and culture?






4. Did American society reshape the automobile?






5. Did Ford’s drive to democratize the market place extend to his workers?





6. Suggestions for take-home mid-term exam essay questions?





7. Do you find the readings helpful? Questions and comments?  Any relevant news item or website?