Ragtime - Study Guide Part 2, Chapters 18, 19 and 20 Summary & Analysis

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The age of enterprise has come to America with the introduction of Henry Ford's innovative model of assembly line manufacturing. To Ford, it is more efficient for one worker to do one task repeatedly as opposed to trying to manage several tasks. Ford's objective is to alleviate decisions for workers and improve productivity at the same time.

This innovation makes Henry Ford a wealthy man, although not the wealthiest in America. That distinction belongs to Pierpont Morgan, the legendary Wall Street financier. Morgan's keen intellect and curiosity spurs him to organize an event to which he invites eleven other men in an attempt to corral all the knowledge and business acumen they possess. Morgan is woefully disappointed by the lack of vitality in these men and decides to visit Europe, hoping to capture some spirited concept or venture to inspire him.

During his...

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