September 27 - 1908 - The First Model T Leaves the Ford Plant
Henry Ford wanted to make a car that could be used by everyday people for everyday purposes, which stood in stark contrast to the typical view of cars in the late 19th and 20th centuries. As a capable mechanic and inventor, Ford attempted to make a car of his own for years. Finally, Ford was able to hit on an affordable car by perfecting an assembly line that was remarkably efficient. His own goal was to make a car his own workers would use, which meant he also made a very easy car to use. This fit in well with his beliefs about the role of capitalism and its benefits to society. Unfortunately, it also fit in well with Ford's nastier beliefs.