Region Focus

2003

 

Winter 2003

Economic History

Wheels of Change
The Automotive Industry's Sweeping Effects on the Fifth District
By Robert Lacy


Chart: Percent of Farms Reporting Automobiles, Trucks, and Tractors 1920-1940

  1920 1930 1940
Virginia
Automobile 15.3 47.1 43.0
Truck 1.3 10.5 11.9
Tractor 1.2 5.4 6.2
North Carolina
Automobile 15.5 44.8 42.4
Truck 0.9 6.3 6.9
Tractor 0.8 3.9 4.3
South Carolina
Automobile 15.9 37.4 42.8
Truck .08 4.2 5.4
Tractor 0.6 2.0 3.1

SOURCE: Census of Agriculture 1940. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce, 1940.
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