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# Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Henry Ford, c. 1919
Born July 30, 1863
Died April 7, 1947 (aged 83)
Cause of death Cerebral hemorrhage

## The assembly line

Ford helped develop an idea, not much used before his time, called the assembly line, and started using it in his factories in 1913.[4] Because of the assembly line, making new cars would not take as long. He put a moving belt in his factory. Cars moved along the belt, and workers put on one part at a time. Each worker would only be responsible for putting one part on cars.

The assembly line was a big success. Cars did not take as long to make, and they were cheaper to buy now, too. By 1916, it only cost \$360 to buy one of Ford's cars, and more than three times as many people were buying his cars now.[4] The Ford Model T changed America. It made it easier for people to live in the city instead of the country.

## Political views

Ford was also known for his political views. He had been against World War I because he thought that it was a waste of time. He also believed that Jewish people were causing problems in the world.[5][6] This belief is called Anti-Semitism. In 1919, he took over a newspaper called the Dearborn Independent. He began publishing articles that blamed Jews for problems in the world.[7] Later, he would blame Jewish bankers for starting World War II.

## References

1. "The Henry Ford". hfmgv.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
2. "A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Ford installs first moving assembly line". pbs.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
3. "Inventor of the Week: Archive". web.mit.edu. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
4. "Moving Assembly Line at Ford — History.com This Day in History — 10/7/1913". history.com. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
5. Logdson, Jonathan. "Power, Ignorance, and Anti-Semitism: Henry Ford and His War on Jews". history.hanover.edu. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
6. "Anti-Semitism of 1920's Revived on Web - The International Jew". adl.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
7. "Henry Ford Invents a Jewish Conspiracy". jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved April 30, 2010.