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  1. consider: As progressive reforms help the average American have more time and money, they will want things to better their lives. What types of technology could improve the lives of “regular” Americans around 1900?

  2. essential question: How did the Innovations of the Progressive Era improve the lives of “regular” Americans?

  3. Ford’s innovations • $5/day, forty-hour week • the moving assembly line At the new Ford plant at Highland Park, Michigan, in 1913, Henry Ford introduced to automobile production the principle of the moving assembly line which was already revolutionizing the meat packing industry. Rewarding his workers with the highest minimum wage in the industry and a profit-sharing plan, Ford pushed them to a rate of production in which a car could be assembled in 93 minutes. In 1914 he produced 248,000 Model T's.

  4. 3. Model T: affordable car for a mass market

  5. 4. workers as consumers

  6. New things to buy 1. camera

  7. 2. movie tickets (nickelodeon)

  8. 3. Coca-cola

  9. A New Way to Buy mail-order catalogs

  10. On the other side, fill in at least four of the speech bubbles to reflect what that person might be saying about how technology has changed their lives around 1900.