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A screen shot from 'Automobile Parade'

See the "Automobile Parade" in New York City

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Automobile Manufacturer Henry Ford Was Born
July 30, 1863

The automobile altered American society forever, changing where and how we lived. As more Americans owned cars, the organization of cities changed. The United States saw the growth of the suburbs and the creation of a national highway system. Americans were thrilled with the possibility of going anywhere, anytime. Ford witnessed many of these changes during his lifetime. In his later years, he spent most of his time working on Greenfield Village, a restored rural town modeled after his memories of Dearborn during his youth. Next time you are out on the road, try to imagine life without cars. Ask your family and friends how different they think the world would be.
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VIDEO CREDIT: Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated. “Automobile parade / Thomas A. Edison, Inc.,” 1900. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number LC 128.