Monopoly was designed 100 years ago to teach the dangers of capitalism

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Do not pass GO! Monopoly was designed by a progressive writer to teach players the dangers of wealth concentration. Shutterstock

Benjamin Hoy, University of Saskatchewan

Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that many still play today.

But the way they are played today may not be teaching the lessons their designers hoped to share.

At the start of the 20th century, children were part of the regular workforce. They possessed few toys. When U.S. manufacturers created games, they built them to market to parents: to teach as well as to entertain.

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