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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.

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  • By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation’s rapidly growing cities. Red Meat Republic tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy cost.

    Written by Joshua Specht
    Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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@JournalGAPE is proud to present a forum dedicated to the influence of W. Fitzhugh Brundage’s Lynching in the New South. The entire forum is currently available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-gilded-age-and-progressive-era/firstview and will be available in print in @JournalGAPE’s January 2021 issue.

SHGAPE President Al Broussard (Texas A&M University) will be stepping down in January 2021, and our new president, Nancy Unger (Santa Clara University), will begin her term. Professor Broussard has issued his annual president's letter: https://networks.h-net.org/node/20317/discussions/7003393/shgape-annual-presidents-letter