In the United States during the month of March, Americans honor the contributions of Irish-Americans by designated those four weeks as Irish-American Heritage Month.
Irish immigrants had a huge impact on the development of America and have deep roots in many aspects of our country such as arts, transportation and culture. Irish-Americans are known for having rich traditions and a proud, fighting spirit. There have been 22 U.S. presidents of Irish-American decent, including Ulysses S. Grant, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Regan. However, despite the culture’s strong contributions and reputation, March was not designated as a time to honor Irish-American heritage until President Donald Trump made the declaration in 2017.
So celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month with us as Tristar Products review some of the greatest inventions and creations courtesy of Irish Americans.
The Assembly Line
Henry Ford is one of the most famous Irish-Americans because of his creation of the assembly line in 1908. He was an American automobile manufacturer whose Ford Model T car implemented the first ever use of an assembly line during production. This form of automobile production revolutionized the industry, and as a result of it, Ford sold millions of cars and became a world-renowned company. Not only was Ford’s invention incredibly important to the automotive industry, it also helped build the American economy during one of the nation’s most vulnerable economic periods. It is for this reason he is considered to be one of the greatest businessmen this country has ever seen.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which has grown to become one of the biggest companies in the world. An animator who was ahead of his time, Disney was an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the term and created a cartoon mouse (Mickey Mouse) that helped lead to 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, as well as two of the biggest and most-visited theme parks in the world—Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Nellie Bly is credited with pioneering journalism, which included her 1887 feature on the conditions of asylum patients at Blackwell’s Island in New York City. She is also famous for reporting on her 72-day trip around the world. Her writing helped pave the way for freedom of speech and investigative journalism in the United States.
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