Woodpulp pile

Pulp Nonfiction: The Unlikely Origin of American Mass Media

How wood pulp paper created the American mass media.
Leading the Klu Klux Klan parade which was held in Washington, D.C.

The Ku Klux Klan Used to Be Big Business

At the height of its business operations, in 1923, the Klu Klux Klan was worth roughly $12 million dollars. 
Canisters of paint

Before Flint: How Americans Chose Lead Poisoning

The United States, unlike other Western nations, did not take a firm stance on lead-based products until much later--despite knowing the health risks. 
1776 Lottery ticket issued by Continental Congress to finance American Revolutionary War.

Jackpot: For Colonial Slaves, Playing the Lottery Was a Chance at Freedom

Complaints that the lottery is a regressive tax on the poor have been around since the beginning of the lottery in America.
Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "<a href="http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5e66b3e8-fccf-d471-e040-e00a180654d7" target="_blank">DuPont - Building - Sketch</a>" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1935 - 1945.

How DuPont Transformed Fashion With Stretchy Synthetics

DuPont invented the stretch synthetic fabric that revolutionized fashion in the mid-twentieth century. 
Steam Locomotive

Mourning the Death of the American Railway

Just as the Titanic had redefined passenger liners, so too would the Zephyr transform the American railway.
A black and white photograph of a 1590's housewife speaking to a salesman at her door

“Uber for Sales” and Door-to-Door Vacuum Salesmen

The independent contractor model employed by Uber was used in the vacuum cleaner companies.
Bank in Switzerland

The Origins of Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

The uncovering the mystery and dispelling the myths of Swiss Bank Accounts
Older covered circuit board

AT&T: Birth of the First Social Network

The first transcontinental telephone call was put through on January 25, 1915.
Stack of papers and spreadsheets

The Birth (and Death?) of Modern Corporations

To imagine the end of modern corporations as we currently know them, it helps to go back to their birth.