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Why Europeans Have Such Long Summer Vacations
In the 1920s, politicians saw workers’ time off as a way to mold society, encouraging workers to engage in politics and patriotism during their time off.
What Made the Pinto Such a Controversial Car
The Pinto became known as the subcompact car that Ford sold while ignoring major safety defects. But was that just a false narrative?
The Continuing Controversy Over Baby Formula
Nestlé promoted formula in the developing world, even though they knew bottle-feeding with limited sanitation and refrigeration could be dangerous.
The Crucial Southern Blackberry
In the 19th century, blackberry picking was both hobby and money-making endeavor for many Americans. Increased regulation of land use changed all that.
Entrepreneur Personality Test
A study of successful entrepreneurs finds a high level of emotional intelligence and sociability, along with a marked need to dominate.
When Washington D.C. Became a Tourist Destination
When the U.S. federal government first moved to D.C. in 1800, the city was still largely swamp. Tourists didn't start to visit until many decades later.
Can America Get Behind Full Employment?
Full employment was a prominent goal in U.S. politics after World War II, but has faded from policy debates in recent decades.
The French Perfume Boom
The marketing of scents through clever branding, rather than real differences in what’s being sold, originated in nineteenth-century France.
Can Consumer Groups Be Radical?
Historian Lawrence Glickman looked at the consumer movements of the 1930s to find out.
Atlantic City’s Grand Casino Bust
Nearly every American is now within a few hours’ drive of a casino. But critics note that casino gambling has not delivered on its economic promises.