About America By Kouwenhoven Summary

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America prides itself on its amazing technological advancements and continuously moving progression. It seems like everyday scientific and technological knowledge are increasing and going above and beyond in the United States. This growth is driven by innovation. Innovation is not a new concept for this country. From the very beginning we have pushed ourselves to be better than the rest in everything we do, always trying to make improvements. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, once stated that, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand” (1947). Innovation has always guided America’s bright future and development. There are many inventions and physical…show more content…
This took the production of cars to the next level and really changed the industrialization level of America. Assembly lines are talked about in Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow as well as “What’s ‘American’ about America?” by Kohn Atlee Kouwenhoven. In “What’s ‘American’ about America?” Kouwenhoven speaks about the actual process of the automobile assembly line and how the workers feel about the factories. From the point of view of the worker, the work is repetitive and boring but “…the American system of industrial mass production reflects this same focus of interest in its concern with production rather than products. And it is the mass-production system, not machinery, which has been America’s contribution to industry” (66). Kouwehoven makes a point that it’s not the actual invention of the assembly line machinery that made the assembly line so engrossing, but the American process of it. Although the actual human work put into running the assembly line can even be described as “dehumanizing,” it is still the innovative operation that is more emphasized than the actual final

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