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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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  • Color Coded by Walter Nugent
    The now–staunchly red state of Texas was deep blue in 1950 and had virtually no functioning Republican Party. California, on the other hand, was reliably red. Today, both states have jumped to the opposite end of the political spectrum. These are the most dramatic cases, but notable shifts in voting patterns have occurred throughout the western states in recent decades—shifts so varied and complex that they have, until now, eluded the attention focused on the drastic examples of the South and Northeast. Bringing clarity to the remarkably mixed yet poorly understood map of America’s red, blue, and purple western half, Color Coded presents the first comprehensive history of political change and stability in the region between 1950 and 2016.
    Consulting official voting results of more than 5,300 state and national elections, as well as newspaper reports, oral histories, public documents, and other sources, Nugent reveals the ever-shifting patterns that have defined western politics in modern times. Geography, culture, history, political trajectories, and the charisma of key political actors have all played their part in these changes—and will, Nugent asserts, continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

    Written by SHGAPE Member Walter Nugent
    Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame

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SHGAPE is delighted to announce the H. Wayne Morgan Prize for the best book published in U.S. political history in the period 1865-1920s. Alan Lessoff has written this tribute to remember Morgan’s legacy: https://t.co/zv2onmR4Bd #twitterstorians

New post on the SHGAPE blog! Through the life of activist Augusta Lewis Troup, Dr. Kelly Marino @K_Marino1 explores class tensions in the women’s rights movement and reveals the significance of grassroots working-class activism in the #suffrage campaign https://t.co/2PlqUaQMsi

SHGAPE’s 30 for 30 campaign is still ongoing! If you have not done so already, or would like to contribute again, we invite you to donate $30 to commemorate our first 30 years of existence and to advance SHGAPE’s work in the years ahead. To donate visit https://t.co/1u5j9nmdP4