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The New England Opium Crisis of 1805

New England’s role in the opium trade in the early 1800s is a little-noted phenomenon. New England opium ...

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A Revolutionary Currency Crash – The Story of William Beadle

By the opening of the American Revolution, William Beadle was a successful merchant and patriot. He contributed to ...

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How the Thoreau Pencil Wrote, and Paid for, Walden

The Thoreau pencil was a triumph in Henry David Thoreau’s lifetime, overshadowed since by the posthumous fame of ...

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Cartoon of J.P. Morgan taking over the banking industry following the panic of 1907.

The Panic of 1907 and the Maine Man Who Caused It

You might suppose the Federal Reserve banking system was begun in response to the great stock market crash ...

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