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In the first hundred years of active life it has been described as a menace ands a blessing a blight and a godsend as a savior of our countryside and cities and as their curse as socially divisive and the greatest social leveler It has been worshipped and reviled celebrated and scorned The automobile is an invention that has had a tremendous impact on society The automobile has taken diverse segments of the American population farmers small town residents and urban dwellers and given them access to the same opportunities and experiences Autos have given us motels shopping plazas drive-thrus vacations commuting and certainly not the least suburbia The genesis of the automobile is one of the most profound and important chapters in the development of American culture Before the automobile people traveled by means of bicycles trains street cars and horse-drawn carriages These methods of transportation were slow limited and not private Up until the about 1880 inventors experimented with building a horseless carriage These experiments were powered mainly by steam and were not practical They traveled at slow speeds six miles an hour were very noisy frightened horses smelled awful and polluted the air Sometimes the coals used to make steam would fall off the auto and burn wooden bridges down Railroads and stage coach lines hated the automobiles because they did not want competition Autos were scarce and ridiculed by most of the population The car began life as a rich mans toy rather than a means of transport or as an instrument of social change They were displayed in circuses because they were considered a wacky idea with no future The development and acceptance of the automobile in America took place around the turn of the century from 1895 to 1910 The most successful steam car was the Stanley Steamer invented in Newton Massachusetts in 1897 by Francis and Freelan Stanley It was produced until 1924 The steam car did not
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