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Automobile Crossing a Stream, near Glasgow, 1920

Transportation. Automobile Crossing Bridgeless Stream
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A8532
 
Document Description
An automobile crossing a stream near Glasgow, New York, 1920.
 
Questions
How do cars cross rivers and streams today? 
Why do you think there isn't a bridge?
Do you think many people cross this river?
Is this an urban or rural road? How do you know?
Is this stream deep or shallow?
What do you think happens after it rains?  Could the stream be crossed?
 
Historical Challenges
How did Henry Ford revolutionize car manufacturing?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math, Science, English Language Arts: Because gas prices are increasing all the time, some scientists are working to create alternatives to gasoline for cars. What are some of these alternative fuels? What is their fuel mileage? Compare their mileage to a regular gasoline-powered car. Create an advertising campaign publicizing their attributes of alternative-fueled cars. Write a persuasive speech about them and present the speech to your class.
 
Resources
Sutton, Mike Richard. Eyewitness Car. DK Publishing, Inc., July 2000. ISBN: 0789458020
Corbett, David. Automobiles. Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated, May 1999. ISBN: 0764106449
Ford, Carin T. Henry Ford: The Car Man. Enslow Publishers, Incorporated, June 2003. ISBN: 0766021793
 

Historical Context
How did Henry Ford revolutionize car manufacturing?
 
Essential Question
How does the availability of transportation affect the economic and cultural aspects of a society?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of this technology on the local communities.