The Mysterious Origins of Monopoly

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A Monopoly game is seen during the Monopoly U.S. National Championship tournament at Union Station April 15, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Many people wrongly attribute the origins of Monopoly to an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold the game to the Parker Brothers during the Great Depression, but the game has origins back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical game decades before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Mary Pilon chronicles the history of the game in The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game.

Lizzie Magie in The Evening Star, 1936