The Automobile Has Changed American Society

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American society has been changed by many different creations throughout history, such as telephones, fridges and credit cards. The creation that has affected American society the most is the automobile. The automobile has affected the American society in several ways: first, it has created more jobs. Second, it allowed people to travel to destinations they could not before. Third, it has polluted the environment. Lastly it has changed the urban and rural landscapes. All of these reasons prove that the automobile has altered the American society. The first way the automobile has changed American society is by creating more jobs. The automobile created jobs in fast food, city/highway construction, state patrol/police, convenience stores, gas stations and auto shops.1 Mechanics were beginning to earn a living fixing the inevitable problems.2 Also oil and steel were two well-established industries that received a serious boost by the demand for automobiles, which created tens of thousands of jobs.3 The steel industry and machine tool makers flourished as the automotive industry required ever increasing supplies and components for the engines, chassis and other metal fixtures of the cars.4 Other than the basics, every car needed a battery, head lights, interior upholstery and paint, which created new side businesses.5 The trucking industry sustained a period of growth as more good were shipped via truck.6 Experts estimate that by about 1980, two
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