2 THE FLIVVER KING Abner said no more to his mother about it, because the’ word “explosion” would send her into a panic. After supper he ran out to play with . In the story of the Flivver King, Upton Sinclair wrote this book from the period in the early 20th century about of one of Americans most fa. The Flivver King has ratings and 28 reviews. Stephany said: As the daughter of a now unemployed, skilled tool and die machinist, I found this a sad b.

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He was still making cars almost with his own hands, and seeing other people forge ahead of him.

I had to read this for my HR labor law class, but found it rather interesting But Abner knew the superintendent in charge of his particular assembly-line, and one day when the work was over he went kijg this man and in a fev stammering sentences put his casfc. Sports Parade topic The Sports Parade a. The back and forth narrative of Abner Shutt and Henry Ford gets gimmicky around page The former said that Henry Ford was a great thinker, a statesman of industry; the latter said he was a self-advertiser, a man of unsound mind, a menace to the public welfare.

All of these cars ran, and would be running twenty years from then, and that was what the American people wanted, said Henry Ford. Abner and Milly used their money for exactly the purposes which Mr. The factory was working fljvver two eight-hour shifts, which meant that Abner started at six in the morning and got home in the middle of the afternoon.

Will Ford recognize the union? The company issued warnings, but it was too late. Got this from Seth.

The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

This led me to want to beat my head against a table and wonder why, why, why Detroit has not changed, why so many people put up with sweatshop style labor for so long and call it “a good job. There had come to be a regular market for used cars, with a schedule of prices pretty well standardized, like everything Henry Ford had to do wdth, even indirectly. If you had invited him to pass judgment upon it, he flivvee have been puzzled at first; but finally he would kinv said that it was a wonderful place, in which more than five thousand separate parts, made of many different materials, and of many sizes and shapes, were put together to make a magical whole, in which a man could ride ahywhere except up the side of a wall.


He had cleaned it out and put in a work-bench and an array of tools, and this baby-carriage for grown-up twins. Heniy Ford, planning tire- lessly, would find new ways to give it to them more cheaply. Henry Ford topic Henry Ford July 30, — April 7, was an American captain of industry and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

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Babe Ruth signs for record salary March 26, Oct 25, Eric rated it liked it. Abner spent a Sunday afternoon riding around talking with other agents, and getting a lesson in vdementary economics.

Johnny was now ten years old, a serious and sturdy youngster, interested in everything his father did and said. Millions of men and women read the story of the Ford fortune, the Dodge fortune, the Couzens fortune, and brought themselves to a state of mind where they were ready to gamble on whatever came along.

He was a good-hearted fellow. In the early s he began working for the New York World, first at the art department kong becoming the paper’s “crossword artist”. When he resigned, Henry dropped the attempt to decide how his employees should spend their money.

The only thing he could think of was to have Congress vote huge sums to his friends and beneficiaries, the great banks and corporations which had put up his campaign funds. Of course there were grumblers in the shops; but there had always been such, and they looked just as they always had, that is to say, kinf and overstrained workers; it was hard to realize that they were now in the pay of Moscow.

They saw him at his winter sport of skating, and later on at his summer sport of pitching hay on the farm, along with his son, Edsel, now twenty-one years old. They had a rented lodge-room, fligver banners and plumes and a solemn ritual, and once a month they got away from their wives flivvdr smoked cigars and discussed whatever fllvver in their town interested them especially. He loathed war as a stupid, irrational, and altogether hideous thing.

Phenomenal story about the assembly line and how it changed the world. The theory was “trickle-down economics”. This author was an idealist like Henry, dreaming of peace and human brotherhood.


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Aug 07, Stephany Wilkes rated it liked it. Fkivver helps you keep track of books you want to read. So the newspa;H”s for the most part treated him politely, and when a bicyclist tried to get under his machine, they did not say much about it. He was ready with instances kiny graft, incoinpetence, and favouritism ; things which did not exist in the Ford plant.

Furthermore it meant that Henry got the pick of the labour of the countiy.

The Flivver King

The incident at the pedestrian overpass at the River Rouge Plant. During the flivvver days ofwho’, it had looked as if the United States was going to war with Mexico, Henry Ford had announced that any of his workers who joined the national guard would lose their positions.

The stubbornest great man in America kept on insisting that his car would never, never be changed; but by spring of the following year he saw that he was beaten, and that there would have to be a new Ford. His faithful Dean Marquis, the clergyman who had charge of the Social Department, had disapproved of this expedition, but had come along to help his employer.

I learned a lot about Henry Ford in this readable historical fiction by Sinclair. Certainly Henry had nothing to lose, for there could be no better way to advertise a car than on the ballots in a national election.

Hits on many of the things that were happening at this time and sheds light on Henry Ford’s true being. Something desperately wrong; and Henry Ford sought earnestly to find out what it was. Alas, Abner was breaking one of the strictest rules of the military discipline which governs these modern armies of production. He had a maggot always gnawing at his brain, the memory of those far-off days when he had been able to have personal dealings with Henry Ford.

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