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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 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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Recent Posts

New post by @AdrienLievin in our #WomensHistory series honoring Elisabeth Israels Perry's legacy: #ProgressiveEra reformer Virginia Moore promoted economic feminism with #canning clubs, teaching Appalachian women how to thrive in the capitalist New South https://www.shgape.org/southern-kitchens-as-battlefields-of-reform/

New in our series on #WomensHistory & the long #ProgressiveEra, honoring Elisabeth Israels Perry's legacy: @Crystalme123 examines the #interwar women's peace movement, showing how the #19thAmendment directly invigorated women’s activism after 1920 https://www.shgape.org/these-women-surely-mean-business/

Coming soon: More blog posts in our women's history series honoring the legacy of Elisabeth Israels Perry. Until then, check out September's Minding the GAPE: https://www.shgape.org/minding-the-gape-september-2021/ #twitterstorians