The first automobiles were introduced in the late 19th century. They became more commonly available after 1900 when Henry Ford developed his assembly line production for the Model T.
- What were the benefits of the automobile?
- Was the author concerned with the costs of the automobile? Why or why not? Use evidence from the article to support your answer.
- The author described the automobile as one of the "marvelous contrivances which modern inventive ingenuity has devised." What definition of "modern" can be inferred from this quote?
"The Marvelous Vogue of the Automobile," Republican News Item, pp. 3, 24 August 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress