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Welcome to SHGAPE

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 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.

Recent Books by Members

  • In 1931, the New York Times hailed Belle Case La Follette as "probably the least known yet most influential of all the American women who have had to do with public affairs." A dedicated advocate for women's suffrage, peace, and other causes, she served as a key advisor to her husband, leading Progressive politician Robert La Follette. She also wielded considerable influence through her own speeches and journalism, as when she opposed racism by speaking out against the segregation of the federal government under President Woodrow Wilson.

    In a concise, lively, and engaging narrative, Nancy C. Unger shows how Belle La Follette uniquely contributed to progressive reform, as well as the ways her work was typical of women--and progressives--of her time. Supported by primary documents and a robust companion website, this book introduces students of American history to an extraordinary woman and the era of Progressive reform.

    Written by SHGAPE Member Nancy Unger
    Associate Professor of History
    Santa Clara University

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SHGAPE Turns 30 - Help Us Move Forward!

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era turns 30 in 2019. To mark this anniversary, we are launching a 30 for 30 Campaign. Please consider donating $30 to commemorate our first 30 years and help advance our work in the coming years. To donate, visit www.shgape.org and click donate. For more information, please keep reading:

For those of us who have been working in this field for the past three decades, SHGAPE’s achievements have been nothing short of remarkable. Before SHGAPE, no scholarly society existed to promote historical study of the vital era stretching from the end of the Civil War through World War I. Now we have a vibrant community that fosters the work of hundreds of scholars.

Among its signal achievements:

• It launched a journal at a time when skepticism about the value of print publications abounded, and yet the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is now a leading U.S. history journal published and hosted by Cambridge University Press. In addition to publishing new and innovative scholarship, it emphasizes roundtables on teaching and historiography, as well as special reflections on landmark books in the field. It just published a special issue on World War I and it has new issues on the Red Scare and woman suffrage in the pipeline.

• It has established a series of prizes that celebrate the work of established scholars, newcomers, and graduate students. The newest of these are the Presidents’ Book Prize (a biennial prize given to more senior scholars for a second or subsequent book), and a Graduate Student Essay Prize.

• We provide material support for graduate students, including funding for conference travel and a mentoring program at the OAH that offers support and advice for budding scholars in our field.

• SHGAPE creates venues to present our work and discuss key issues. It continues to sponsor panels at the AHA and OAH, and is forming partnerships with other organizations, such as the African American Intellectual History Society and the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA, which will generate new opportunities to sponsor conference panels.

• We have a significant online presence that includes a refurbished website and the H-SHGAPE forum, resources that provide access to online content and opportunities to share ideas and promote our work. We also have a strong social media presence, including hundreds of followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Sustaining this success and undertaking new initiatives requires your support. To mark SHGAPE’s first 30 years, we have launched the 30 for 30 Program. We invite you to donate $30 to commemorate our first 30 years of existence and to advance its work in the years ahead.* Your gift will enable us to continue creating opportunities for scholars studying the Gilded Age and Progressive Era to produce and share their work.

To donate, visit the SHGAPE web page and click on donate or follow this link. If you prefer to contribute by check, please send yours to:
Professor Stacy A. Cordery
SHGAPE Treasurer
Iowa State University
637 Ross Hall
Ames, IA 50011-1054

Thank you very much for your support.
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Finals are upon us, but don't forget to take SHGAPE's survey regarding a potential stand-alone conference! https://t.co/ezhw0FI32R

Friends: SHGAPE is considering the possibility of organizing a stand-alone conference, and we'd love your feedback on the idea. Please complete the following brief survey, which should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Thanks for your input!


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