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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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  • 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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Benjamin Coates's insightful Legalist Empire is worth a read for those interested in the Progressive Era, law, empire, and the US's role in the world see: https://t.co/xH7AaCBveN @shgape @SHAFRhistorians @hdiplo #historymatters https://t.co/X6nmV3H8cQ

It's time for the 2nd annual UHA grad student blog contest! For all you grad students dissertating or conducting research this summer we want to hear about you striking proverbial academic gold! https://t.co/fv2xkoJX5C @The_OAH @AHAhistorians @shgape @SACRPH @SHAFRhistorians

Fascinating essay by @FrankPasquale https://t.co/n1bC3WQeRg
Does Jeffersonian-Hamiltonian framing make sense when much of comparative evidence comes from the GAPE (& is reminiscent of the three-way fight among New Deal policymakers described by Ellis Hawley)? @shgape