There is a smarmy, self-serving Ford commercial for SUV’s that makes the claim that “before the Model-T,
most people never travelled more than 20 miles from home in their life.” I’ve heard similar claims before,
but I always assumed they referred to a much earlier period in history. I mean, haven’t these people ever heard of the train? The riverboat? Even canal boats?
Is there any reason to think that there’s any truth at all to this factoid?