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Lecture Eighteen: The Automobile and Rise of Mass Production in the United States

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York University
Natural Science
NATS 1775
Vera Pavri

Lecture Eighteen: The Automobile and Rise of Mass Production in the United States November 22, 2011 Interchangeable Parts History Many of these interchangeable parts came from Europe, and not in the United States. - In Europe, there was an emphasis on craftsmanship - Therefore, mass produced parts were considered to be inferior The Americans borrowed these unpopular techniques from Europe and made them better. Elie Whitney - Entrepreneur in Europe who brought ideas to the United States - Interested in using interchangeable and standard parts for the building of muskets - Asked the government for money to make some muskets using this way - Promised to make over 10 000 muskets, even though no other firm had ever been able to make more than 5000 Fantasy versus Reality - Eli Whitney was able to make these muskets, which amazed the government - However, historians opened up the muskets and discovered that there was only the illusion of standardized and interchangeable parts - He hand filed down all the parts so that they looked the same,
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