Perhaps more than other inventions, the automobile transformed American society, prompting some historians to characterize the United States as a "car culture." This lesson will help students understand just how the car came to occupy such a central position in American life.First, students will learn about Henry Ford, whose innovations transformed manufacturing and made automobiles affordable for virtually all Americans. With a forward by Neil Armstrong and an afterward by Arthur C.

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Personally, I see some topics that currently are low on the list, which follows, that seem to me to be too low: AI and robotics, Space Exploration, Preservation of History and Species, for example. In parallel to the 20th century list, there are some obvious relationships.

We actually have 22 topics; when all the votes are in, we will list the top 21 in priority order.

Such activities will enhance students' abilities to read and interpret data and draw conclusions from such data.

Students can also think about the effects of the assembly line on the workers.

So as the 20th century was dominated by physical capital and lots of physical objects, the 21st century will be dominated by intellectual capital and lots of virtual objects.

For example, the 20th century list depended on the providing of cheap power through electrification, capital assets such as factories, mines, oil wells and refineries, to be impactful; the 21st century list seems to be dependent on providing knowledge resources through the Internet, and computers and communication devices, to be impactful (e.g., weather prediction and control, traffic and logistics, terrorism and security, etc., all depend on availability of vast sources of knowledge and rapid dissemination of this knowledge to the right, connected people).

I have intended to do this in further iterations of the list).

Preservation of species (I have sub-topics for each; for example, resource protection includes gas, liquid, solid, radioactive, hazardous, etc. And each of these sub-topics can be further subdivided, to specifically identifiable programs. A Century of Innovation: Twenty Engineering Achievements that Transformed our Lives.

I thought it was such an impressive list and book that I decided to make a list for the 21st century, based on the same criteria; technology that significantly benefits human society.

Incidentally, I have purchased and given away maybe 50 of these books, as prizes for innovation, for recognition of innovation talks and presentations, etc. Three things impressed me about the 20th century list: 1.

In doing so, Ford significantly lowered the cost of the automobile, making it affordable for most Americans.