Roy Gilbert

The General Motors Century

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Fotosearch/Getty Images A century ago this fall, a black two-door Oldsmobile coupe rolled off a General Motors assembly line. It was the company’s one millionth car. Today we take General Motors’s size for granted — we understand, immediately, that this week’s strike by the company’s workers will reverberate across the country. But it wasn’t always so, and the rapid rise of General Motors through the 1910s not only reshaped the Midwest but also reflected tremendous changes in the American economy and society. Scarcely 10 […]

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