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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 Electoral Capitalism, Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer reappraises the controversy over wealth inequality, and why the late nineteenth century was so combustible. As ranks of the dispossessed swelled, an outpouring of claims transformed the old spoils system into relief for the politically connected poor. A vibrant but scorned culture of petty officeholding thus emerged. Examining New York, and its outsized role in national affairs, Broxmeyer demonstrates that electoral capitalism was a category of entrepreneurship in which the capture of public office and the accumulation of wealth were mutually reinforcing. The book uncovers hidden economic ties that wove together presidents, senators, and mayors with business allies, spoilsmen, and voters. As current public debates invite parallels with the Gilded Age, Broxmeyer offers historical and theoretical tools to make sense of how politics begets wealth.

    Written by Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Toledo

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Please join us for a conversation with Vincent DiGirolamo, winner of this year's Vincent P. DeSantis prize. To register: illinoisstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrdOihqDkiGtIQf0A5IaaesNhqH_oiXP0e ... See MoreSee Less

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SHGAPE is pleased to announce our 2021 winners for the Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize, H. Wayne Morgan Book Prize, and Graduate Student Essay Prize. Congratulations to all our winners! https://www.shgape.org/2021-shgape-book-and-essay-prize-winners/

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In 1912, 13yo Lena Eyler refused to salute the flag, citing socialist convictions. @CodyDodgeEwert reflects on how patriotic education initiatives in the Progressive Era & today have aimed to standardize a narrow vision of what it means to be an American https://www.shgape.org/patriotic-education-and-political-repression-in-progressive-era-utah/