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An “Adamless Eden for Female Offenders”?: Katharine Bement Davis and the Carceral State in Progressive-Era New York

Posted: July 13, 2021

By Dr. Anya Jabour July 13, 2021 This is the first in a series of blog posts on women’s history and the long Progressive Era, honoring the legacy of the late Elisabeth Israels Perry. Perry served as SHGAPE President from 1998-2000 and had a long and distinguished career that highlighted women’s political activism in GAPE […]

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Minding the GAPE – June 2021

Posted: July 1, 2021

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Redeveloping a Civil War veterans’ home for today’s veterans The U.S. roots of Canada’s Indigenous boarding schools Finding friendship and frustration in the archive of the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble-Minded Children A review of Crying the […]

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Taxing the Bachelors

Posted: June 1, 2021

By Dr. Jill Frahm June 1, 2021 On March 18, 1907, an anonymous individual at the Fort Dodge, Iowa, city council meeting proposed an ordinance to tax all bachelors and spinsters residing in the town. The proposal, smuggled into a pile of legitimate business papers, required “all able bodied persons between the ages of 25 […]

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Minding the GAPE – April 2021

Posted: May 3, 2021

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Black artists and visual culture through the 19th century Higher education’s racial reckoning goes far beyond slavery The history of DC’s cherry blossom trees An intertwined history of racism and misogyny leaves Asian American women vulnerable to […]

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2021 SHGAPE Book and Essay Prize Winners

Posted: April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is pleased to announce our book and essay prize winners for 2021. Congratulations to all our winners!   The Vincent P. DeSantis Book Prize This year’s recipient of the Vincent P. DeSantis prize for best first book published on the Gilded […]

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Patriotic Education and Political Repression in Progressive Era Utah

Posted: April 13, 2021

By Dr. Cody Dodge Ewert April 13, 2021 In his annual report for 1906, A. C. Nelson, Utah’s state superintendent of public instruction, proclaimed that the Beehive State’s schools must teach patriotism. “It is in our public schools that our national unity is to be conserved,” Nelson explained. Although Utah had achieved statehood a decade […]

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Minding the GAPE – March 2021

Posted: April 1, 2021

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. The long tradition of controlling Black Americans by attacking Sunday voting Gender-neutral Potato Heads and the history of anxiety over the social influences of children’s toys How the history of women’s suffrage in Utah has been obscured […]

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Minding the GAPE – February 2021

Posted: March 1, 2021

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Misinformation during the 1918 flu pandemic and combatting vaccine conspiracy theories Podcast episode breaking down the 1776 Report How racist cartoons stoked violence in Reconstruction-era North Carolina Teaching Black history through Civil War pension records Reclaiming the […]

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Using Microhistory to Tell a Whale of a Tale

Posted: February 9, 2021

By Dr. Daniel Gifford February 9, 2021 Discovering Microhistory Although it was many years ago, I still vividly remember microhistory week in my graduate research and methods course. When employing microhistory, the historian uses a small event or story to illuminate much larger contexts and historical trends. And, as Duane Corpis suggests, one of microhistory’s […]

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Minding the GAPE – January 2021

Posted: February 1, 2021

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. What the evolution of slang shows about how women lost status in saloons The story of Joseph Rainey, the first Black member of the U.S. House of Representatives Debunking the myth of Yellowstone as pristine wilderness A […]

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