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The Woman Behind Monopoly

Clip: Season 35 Episode 3 | 4m 44s

Monopoly might be America's favorite board game, but it has a surprising secret. The true inventor may be a woman you've never heard of: Lizzie Magie. In this episode of "What the History?!" we present the inside scoop of Monopoly's origins.

Aired: 02/20/23

Rating: NR

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