Fast Food Nation - The Founding Fathers Summary & Analysis

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The earliest pioneer of the fast food industry was Carl Karcher, who began in Southern California, the cities of which were to become the model for all other U.S. cities in the post-World War II era. California realized huge growth, particularly after the war, and a large part of that growth was attributed to the automobile, a travel innovation that was to change American life in countless ways.

Karcher came to California from Ohio, where he was a member of an itinerant farming family. He began work in his uncle's feed store, became a bakery truck driver, married, and, with good foresight, spent $326.00 to purchase a hot dog stand which stood across the street from the Goodyear factory, in 1941. He sold hot dogs, tamales and chili dogs for ten cents, soda for five cents. During the war, the Goodyear factory...

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