Henry Ford's 'Catching The Spirit Of Empire'

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AP US HISTORY Karisha McCray Period 2 Chapter 21-24 Chapter21 * As the American frontier “closed,” many in America pushed for new frontiers of an empire for exploration, settlement, and new markets. America Looks Outward In contrast to prior expansion into contiguous territories intended for settlement and equal annexation, the United States in the 1890s acquired island colonies intended as naval bases and commercial outposts for the expansion and protection of American markets. * Catching the Spirit of Empire Immediately after the Civil War, Americans were concerned almost exclusively with domestic concerns leading to a sense of isolationism. After the 1870s, however, Americans, linked to the world through new communication…show more content…
The emergence of mammoth business enterprises from 1895 to 1915 led to inevitable changes in managerial attitudes, business organization, and worker roles. * The Innovative Model T In 1913, Henry Ford established a moving assembly line to mass produce his standard automobile, the Model T. By dramatically reducing the time and costs of production, Ford managed to lower prices and expand sales and profits. The passage of the Federal Roads Act in 1916 established a national highway system. * The Burgeoning Trusts Standard Oil began a national trend among American big businesses toward oligopoly by swallowing up smaller competitors. By 1909, nearly one-third of the nation's manufactured goods were produced by only one percent of the industrial companies. Massive business mergers and reorganizations touched off a national debate over what the national government could and/or should do about the trusts. Many progressives as well as business leaders generally favored moderate reforms that would promote economic progress while protecting private
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