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Henry Fords Influence on Society In EL Doctorows Ragtime a classic novel set in the early years of the twentieth century Henry Ford appears for only one chapter but in that chapter it becomes clear that Doctorow saw him as a democratic industrialist In that chapter JP Morgan invites Ford to have lunch with him at his Manhattan mansion In this meeting of the two industry giants Morgan invites Ford to go on an expedition to Egypt with him Ford declined because he believed that Morgans whole purpose for the trip had to do with reincarnation Ford told Morgan that his belief of reincarnation came out of a book that he purchased for twenty-five cents instead of a trip halfway around the world to find his beliefs From this chapter we can conclude that Doctorow sees Ford as a simple man and someone who is concerned about not only himself but his workers as well Henry Ford was born on July 30 1863 in Dearborn Michigan His father William Ford and his mother Mary Litogot Ford lived and worked on their family farm Henry also had three brothers John William and Robert as well as two sisters Margaret and Jane Henry was the oldest of all the kids As Henry grew up he was assigned chores to do around the farm just like all his brothers and sisters Henry came to the conclusion that he didnt like farm life while he was still a young boy He was more interested in mechanical things He was always pulling things apart to see how they worked In 1879 Henry walked six miles to the Michigan Car Company and took a job Although it was only for a short time he now knew what he wanted to do The following year he took another job where he was exposed to and began working with an internal-combustion engine In 1882 he was hired by Westinghouse to service
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