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In what ways did the automobile change American life in the 1920s?  

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The automobile gave young people in America a level of freedom which they'd previously never dreamed of having. All of a sudden, young people, especially in remote rural areas, could break free from the narrow confines of their lives and explore the wider world around them.

For the first time in their short lives, the world didn't seem quite so small. Once young people were able to obtain their own transportation, whole new vistas of opportunity opened up. They no longer had to live in the small towns in which many of them were born, and could travel all over the United States in search of work. The American economy boomed during the 1920s, and the automobile enabled millions of Americans to take advantage of growing prosperity by traveling far and wide to seek available opportunities.

The way in which automobiles were manufactured also had an effect on other industries, which sought to emulate the efficient manufacturing processes used in car factories such as the Ford plant in...

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