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Which Cities Are Americans Fleeing?

Click here to see the detailed chart or watch it here on youtube. Two weeks ago, we presented an animated chart showing the most popular American cities – the metropolitan areas which received the most domestic migrants in each year from 2010 through 2018.  This week,...

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Whatever Became of International Harvester?

Whatever Became of International Harvester?

With this newsletter, we begin a periodic series, “Whatever Became of?”  As students of business history, we learn much from both success and failure.  About 80% of the largest companies of America in the mid-twentieth century are no longer with us.  Some of these...

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American Boomtowns and Slowdowns

Dear Friends of History, Here at the American Business History Center, we usually focus on the long-term view, going back decades. But today, for a change of pace, we take a look at very recent history….the 2010’s. Here is one of our “bar race charts” created using...

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24 years of Big Company Change

The rise, fall, and disappearance of America’s largest companies tells us much about business and our economy. Since 1955, Fortune magazine has published a list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, ranked by sales (revenues). Until 1995, this list only included...

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The Business History of Woodstock

The Business History of Woodstock

Too often, when we see great entertainment or a great event, we forget that someone had to dream it up, organize it, and finance it.  Fifty years ago this month, from August 15 through 18, 1969, the most famous music festival of all time took place in Bethel, New...

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We Want Your Stories!

Dear friends of business history,We need your stories and anecdotes about business to enhance our telling of history.  What companies have you worked for?  What was it like?  Did you work on any innovations or observe changes in the company or industry?...

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The Rise and Fall of American Cities

History lovers, Today we present something a little different….an animated chart showing the rise and fall of American cities.  If you play (or replay) the graphic linked here, you will see the rise and fall of the thirty most populous metropolitan areas in the...

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