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In this online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will discover how the idea of driving across the country captured the imagination of millions of Americans. Even before roads stretched across the nation, well-publicized cross-country automobile trips advertised car manufacturers, promoted political causes, and proved that the automobile could be more than an expensive toy. This page includes (2) five minute videos. The first, entitled Eisenhower Transcontinental Motor Convoy documents a U.S. Army cross country motor convoy led by Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower. The second, entitled Ford Assembly Line, 1920s provides a glimpse at some of the details involved with Henry Ford's assembly line.
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