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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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SHGAPE AHA and OAH Panel Co-Sponsorships, Call for Proposals

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) is calling for panel proposals for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Meeting and the American Historical Association (AHA) Meeting. The deadlines for submitting proposals for panels for the 2018 OAH and AHA annual meetings are January 16, 2017, for the OAH and February 15, 2017, for the AHA.

Hail to the Chief

2017 President’s Letter

For the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 2016 has been another good year. In his final letter as SHGAPE President, Lloyd E. Ambrosius shares some of the important developments that have occurred in 2016.

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.


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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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