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Primary Sources

1782
John Fitch: Indian Captive

The steamboat innovator describes his capture.

1840s
Samuel Colt: I Won't Be Second

The man whose weapon "won the West" offers some career advice.

1869
Lewis Tappan: Is It Right to Be Rich?

A merchant and Abolitionist ponders the moral obligations of wealth.

1913
A. P. Giannini: Catering to the Small Depositor

The man who brought banking to the masses advertises his services to all.

1934
Samuel Insull: No Great Trouble Was Expected

A utlity magnate and Depression-era villain explains his reaction to the stock market crash.

1936
Thomas Watson, Sr.: Assets and Liabilities for Success

A letter from father to son on how to succeed in business.

1943
Juan Trippe: Prophet of Globalization

An air travel visionary predicts the future of international trade.

1959
Ruth Handler: Staying Home Wasn't in My Makeup

A legendary toy marketer talks about American women's aspirations.

1960
Ida Rosenthal: We Have Our Eyes Open

A magazine profiles the innovator behind the bra -- and a racy ad campaign.

2001
Russell Simmons: You Adapt to Us

A master marketer muses on strategies for black enterprise.

2004
Ted Turner: Respect for Everybody

The media mogul describes his world view.

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