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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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  • By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly centralized industry spanning the country, with cattle bred on ranches in the rural West, slaughtered in Chicago, and consumed in the nation’s rapidly growing cities. Red Meat Republic tells the remarkable story of the violent conflict over who would reap the benefits of this new industry and who would bear its heavy cost.

    Written by Joshua Specht
    Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

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CFP Reminder: Special issue of @JournalGAPE - New Approaches to Music and Sound, co-edited by David Suisman & Rebecca Tinio McKenna. Seeks to present new research on the history of music and sound from 1865 to 1920. Abstracts due Dec 18 #twitterstorians https://networks.h-net.org/node/20317/discussions/6589537/cfp-jgape-special-issue-new-approaches-music-and-sound

A new roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era blog posts and articles from around the web, with lots of great pieces on voting and election history https://www.shgape.org/minding-the-gape-october-2020/

CFP: @JournalGAPE Special Issue - New Approaches to Music and Sound. Details here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/20317/discussions/6589537/cfp-jgape-special-issue-new-approaches-music-and-sound