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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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New in the SHGAPE blog's 1918 series! Jessica Brabble, Ariel Ludwig, & E. Thomas Ewing examine mask ordinances, public arrests, & celebrations in Stockton, connecting to current debates about masks as legal, individual, & community responses to COVID-19 https://www.shgape.org/the-mask-law-will-be-rigidly-enforced/

A new monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era posts and articles from around the web is up on the SHGAPE blog: https://www.shgape.org/minding-the-gape-july-2020/

Rethinking how to teach the 1918-19 pandemic this year? The @JournalGAPE roundtable “Reconsidering the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic in the Age of COVID-19” is up on First View, available free for now: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-gilded-age-and-progressive-era/article/reconsidering-the-191819-influenza-pandemic-in-the-age-of-covid19/5E5A6456FF7A788BFD9927B534004895