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The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game

March 21, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Story Behind the Historic Game

Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily—and richly—ever after. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game decades later, unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord’s Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Hear the history of the world’s most famous board game from Mary Pilon, author of The Monopolists.

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Lorenzo Cultural Center