Soap saves countless lives every year. Here's how it was invented

May 25, 2020
Cody Cassidy, author of "Who Ate the First Oyster?" said the inventor of soap had no idea about its life-saving potential.
More soap use can save lives, the World Health Organization says.
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The campaign finance of women's suffrage

Jun 4, 2019
Behind the political struggle was a well-financed lobbying operation.
3rd May 1913:  Grand Marshal Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886 - 1916) leads a parade of 30,000 representives of the various Women's Suffrage associations through New York City.
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A major trade sticking point between the U.S. and China has deep roots

Feb 14, 2019
The history of intellectual property theft goes back centuries.
"Theft [of technology] was the norm throughout history, all the way since the Industrial Revolution," says Greg Clark, a professor of economics at the University of California, Davis.
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A history of U.S. recessions

Dec 18, 2018
Dozens have happened since the country’s founding.
A trader working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 15, 2008 in New York City.
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How woven cloth changed the course of history

Dec 11, 2018
From Viking sails to international trade, author Kassia St Clair explains how fabric influenced civilization.
Was woolen sailcloth the secret weapon of the Vikings? Above, the Draken Harald Harfagre, a reconstruction of a Viking longship.
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Author Caitlin Rosenthal on the role of slavery in the history of business

Aug 14, 2018
Caitlin Rosenthal, author of "Accounting for Slavery," discusses the role slavery plays in the history of business.
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The disturbing parallels between modern accounting and the business of slavery

Aug 14, 2018
How slaveholders used modern management techniques
A group of women and children, presumably slaves, sit and stand around the doorway of a rough wooden cabin in the southern United States in the mid-19th century. One girl reads a book to the group of sitting children.
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Without the first joint stock company, the U.S. wouldn't exist

May 7, 2018
Someone had to pay for American colonies. Enter the British merchants adventurers.
A fireboat welcomes the Godspeed, a 17th-century replica ship, as it sails past the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor in 2006.
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The history of the song "Louie Louie"

Apr 23, 2018
A look at the origins of the song that the FBI investigated for 18 months.
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