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Chapter 1 | Ruthless: Monopoly's Secret History

Clip: Season 35 Episode 3 | 10m 43s  | Video has closed captioning.

Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History presents the fascinating true story behind America’s favorite game.

Aired: 02/20/23

Rating: NR

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The Chinese Six Companies


The Chinese Six Companies

On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown as officials diagnosed bubonic plague in the neighborhood and wanted to quarantine the nearly 20,000 residents. As tensions flared, an influential group of merchants known as the Chinese Six Companies sprang into action.