Presenting the Past, 1865-1920's
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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 SHGAPE blog post up! 1st in a series on #WomensHistory in the GAPE, honoring Elisabeth Israels Perry's legacy. @anya_jabour explores Bedford Reformatory, Katharine Bement Davis' career, & women’s role in constructing the #CarceralState https://www.shgape.org/an-adamless-eden-for-female-offenders/ #twitterstorians

@JournalGAPE's latest issue is now available online! Included are articles by Kelly Marino, Ruby Oram, and William Cossen. There is also a roundtable examining the lasting impact of Elisabeth Israels Perry's After the Vote. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-gilded-age-and-progressive-era/latest-issue

CFP: SHGAPE #OAH22 Panel - Words & Deeds: Rhetoric & Violence in the GAPE. We seek panelists whose work speaks to the relationship, broadly conceived, between rhetoric & violence in the period roughly 1865 - the 1920s. Full details: https://networks.h-net.org/node/20317/discussions/7889636/cfp-shgape-2022-oah-panel #twitterstorians