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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We are please to announce the release of issue 21.3 (https://bit.ly/3P4fvDD). It contains a note from the @shgape president, Nancy Unger. There are also articles by @KM_Hemphill, @WendyLRouse, @bmtrump, and Ángel de Jesús Cortés, along with a selection of new book reviews.

New SHGAPE research grant: up to $1,500 to be awarded to a single recipient to support research on any topic in US history, 1865-1920s. Eligibility limited to advanced doctoral students, independent scholars, & contingent faculty who are members of SHGAPE https://www.shgape.org/about/shgape-activities/

July's Minding the GAPE is up! Check out the latest roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era blog posts and articles from around the web, put together by our new Minding the GAPE editor, @KymMacEwan1 https://www.shgape.org/minding-the-gape-july-2022/ #twitterstorians