The Thimble is the Tool of the Proletariat


Whether you think Monopoly is boring, cutthroat, depressing, or an opportunity to display your impressive financial skills, we bet you didn’t know the complete history of the board game.

Harper’s Magazine features a hefty article on the game’s origins, which will either totally engross you or make you slightly cross.

So the next time someone invites you to sit down and play Monopoly, you can go ahead and enlighten them on the evils of land ownership. Somebody make some hot cocoa!

Nikita Schoen is an intern at The Rumpus, and a Writing & Literature student at California College of the Arts. She lives in San Francisco. More from this author →