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The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is an organization of historians who study and promote knowledge of American history from the Reconstruction era through the aftermath of World War I.  The society brings together academic, public, and independent historians, as well as scholars in other humanities and social-science disciplines interested in these decades and their issues.


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George Bellows, Billy Sunday (1915)

Experiencing Billy Sunday

Jeremy C. Young’s article, “Transformation in the Tabernacle: Billy Sunday’s Converts and Emotional Experience in the Progressive Era” (JGAPE, July 2015), examined the revival movement of Billy Sunday, the most successful evangelist of his age, by analyzing the experiences of his followers. Religious conversion through Sunday’s influence, Young argued, represented more than just a momentary preference; it was a carefully considered and deeply meaningful choice that transformed both converts’ identities and the world in which they lived.

The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Editor Needed! – Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is issuing a call for proposals to edit its flagship publication, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The term of appointment, which will begin in August 2017, will extend for five years and may be renewed. The editor is supported by a book review editor, an on-line editor, and an editorial board representative of a broad range of methodologies and areas of specialization. The position requires support from the editor’s home institution, which generally includes course release time and some level of administrative assistance. Click to read more…

Lloyd E. Ambrosius

2016 President’s Letter

Dear SHGAPE Members, For the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2015 was a good year. We look forward to another productive year in 2016. I am delighted that the January 2016 report from Cambridge University Press shows that our total membership has increased from 253 in 2014 to 287 in 2015. Click to read more…


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Below are the latest H-NET professional opportunities.  To read more, please visit the H-NET Professional Opportunities page.

Many multimedia resources for the Gilded Age and Progressive Era are available online.  These images, movies, and newspapers offer historians and students a rich glimpse of the time period.  For links to some of these resources, please visit the Multimedia page.

The video collection below contains films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining films are Edison Company productions.

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898 -1906

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