1913, 10 years after the first heavier than air plane flight, Henry Ford revolutionary automated assembly line begins production. It cut the time per car from 12 hours down to 2 and a half hours of production. Henry managed this by splitting the manufacturing process from 1 person learning all the jobs to one person learning one job. This allows for better efficiency and higher outputs. With this accomplished Henry was able to begin making his dream of everyone having a car into reality. With out this invention the USA would be really different, less people would have cars, we wouldn't have the amount of consumer products we have now a days. The middle and low class would relies on bikes, trains, and public transport while only the rich would have the luxury of a car. WW2 would have gone differently as well, probably something more like WW1 with trenches and mass infantry and less of the vehicles because it would take to long to build the amount of tanks, planes, and trucks that we used during the war to support our troops.
1903 the first plane flight was finally accomplished. The Wright Brothers began what would become an instrumental industry for the World and America. Using the idea that planes are possible many different countries began development of planes. Some for commercial uses and others for war. This was important and still is because planes allow us to travel quickly anywhere, and planes allow us to strike at the enemies of America from a far, protecting citizen lives and the possibility of destroying the nukes which could cause mass destruction in the USA.
June 9 1918, the last year of the Great war has begun the US army has close to a million men in France and the Germans began attacking the Allies trenches. This final assault had pushed to the outskirts of Paris. The US army is about to send in the marine corps to counterattack and drive the Germans back. In the first day of the counter attack alone the US forces under General James Harbord took about 1000 casualties. They didn't accomplish much but General James Harbord was still determinded to push the Germans back. He continued his attack until the Germans broke and retreated but not without the cost over over 10,000 men missing, dead, or wounded. This is important because If the USA was not present in France and we didn't come to help the allies the Germans would have made it to Paris, France would have fallen. Instead of the Allies winning the war the central powers would have. We would have never seen a death of the monarchy and the era of democracy and capitalism in which we live. Germany would be a super power and WW2 wouldn't have happened, at least not with Hitler.
When FDR was young he was the only child of his rich parents. He was taught by tutors and looked up to his fifth cousin Theodore Roosevelt. He went to law school at Columbia university and worked as a clerk at Wall Street Law firm. Later in 1910 he became a senator and was placed as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy by President Woodrow. He was elected as governor of New York and slowly became more liberal in polices as the great depression hit the nation. He is important to me because he lead our nation out of our depression and lead us to victory during WW2.
December 30, 1936, The UAW (United Auto Workers union) began a sit down strike in Flint, Michigan. GM responded by getting an eviction notice and attempting to evict the men, but that failed. They then choose to turn off the heat which the men responded by wearing coats and smuggling in blankets. Then GM called in the cops to deal with the strikers and to cut off their food supply, but instead it started a riot which ended with 11 officers wounded and 16 workers wounded. During the riot the UAW strikers managed to take over huge Chevrolet #4 engine plant which cut down GMs Chevrolet car production from 50,000 to 125 in February. Lastly GM attempted to bring in the National Guard but the Governor refused. In the end the strike lasted 44 days and the UAW forced GM to recognize them and to sign a pay raise and other contract. This is important because now we are in a day and age with low pay compared to the inflation rate. People are mad that they aren't making as much as their parents did and they wonder why. The answer is their parents fought for it. Their parents unions were strong and used to actually gain raises.
In 1945 president FDR passed away, leaving a Shocked Vice President to take over. Truman Came a far way from the time of him as a kid to the President of the United States of America. He began as a young boy with thick glasses. His doctor advised against sports so he didn't break his glasses. Later on he exceled at school and joined the National Guard during WW1. He was sent over to France and quickly rose to captain. When he returned home to Kansas city he was elected to a position as judge by a political boss. He was later elected to the senate and helped push a few laws and was chosen to be FDR's vice president in 1944 presidential race. President Harry Truman is important to me because he lead a brave and smart life, he helped push the nation out of the depression and enter strong into the cold war era.
1939, a group of scientist refugees form the Fascist countries in Europe became concerned with the fascist's devolving nuclear weapons and in, 1940 the USA began its own devolvement of nuclear weapons. Over time they experimented with plutonium and uranium to produce the right material for nuclear reaction. We accomplished the bombs first and built at least two. We used them to end the war and later our continued development of nuclear bombs and Russia's development created the cold war. This era was created directly from the nuclear development we started. In the end I think the atom bomb's development was important because it pushed us forward to an era of the cold war. It could have changed history if we didn't use it but if Germany did. This pushed us to become a super power even though it was through destruction.
The Sherman Tanks was the most popular and common tank of World War 2. We mass produced the tank with over 50,000 M4's being built. These were a modifiable tank, being able to carry rockets, bulldozers, minesweepers, and many others. This tank was sent to support the Russians, and the British with over 300 tanks being sent to the Suez canal, which these tanks were invaluable in helping the British hold of the Desert Fox and keeping control of the Suez canal in allied control. I think this tank is important because it opened up US tank development towards the main battle tank design. It helped us by allowing us to see how tanks would work in the battlefield. In the end this is one of the achievements of American engineering which helped us become and solidify our claim as a super power.
In the 1920's the Italian Mafia rose to prominence as an alcohol smuggling ring that took over 50 years for us to bring down. Thanks to the prohibition being appealed in 1933 the mob moved on to more illegal activates like drugs, underground gambling rings and "helping" people. I think this is important because the mafia influenced many modern crime organization.
Back during the 1920's the US government passed an amendment to the constitution banning the sale, production and transportation of alcohol. This during a time of religious movements and other movements. Women argued that alcohol is leading the destruction of marriages and families. This had wide support through out the nation, but it back fired and lead to more criminal activities. I think this matters because it shows how willing people are to commit crimes to get alcohol and other drugs. While we are in an era of high overdose rates.