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Meet the Editors!

Posted: December 11, 2019

Introducing the team of editors behind the SHGAPE blog:   Amanda Lynn Brewer is a Ph.D. Candidate at Michigan State University specializing in U.S. Social and Cultural History and the History of Medicine. She was a recipient of a 2019 OAH Conference Travel Award from the Program Committee of the Society for Historians of the […]

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Minding the GAPE – November 2019

Posted: November 29, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. On W.E.B. Du Bois’ striking infographics How Jim Crow compounded the grief of Black mothers whose sons were killed in WWI Hunger: the battle that didn’t end with Armistice Day Why Art Nouveau failed to flourish in […]

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Victorian Society in America Summer School Programs

Posted: November 21, 2019

Summer Programs in Newport, Chicago, and London Study nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architecture, design, and the arts at one of the Victorian Society in America’s internationally acclaimed Summer Schools! Explore the roots of American modernism during our six-day Chicago program (June 11-16); visit The Breakers and McKim, Mead & White’s Isaac Bell House, gardens, historic […]

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Geographical Knowledge and Networks of Migration in the Post–Civil War South

Posted: November 5, 2019

By Dr. Keith McCall Emancipation introduced massive demographic shifts within the U.S. South, and with them came cultural, social, and political changes. These trends and transformations were driven by the hundreds of thousands of freedpeople who left their places of enslavement and their old neighborhoods to strike out for new locations where, they believed, they […]

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Minding the GAPE – October 2019

Posted: October 30, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Labor strikes are back A nineteenth-century ban on medical advertising hurt women doctors Alan Lessoff, one of the editors of the SHGAPE blog, reviews Benjamin Heber Johnson’s Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive-Era […]

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“The most doctored woman in New York”: Medical Professionalism and Surveillance in the Career of Detective Frances Benzecry

Posted: October 8, 2019

by Lizzie Evens On 10th August 1916, detective Frances Benzecry visited a young woman, Elizabeth Kessler, and her foster mother at their home in the Yorkville neighbourhood of New York’s upper east side. At that time, Kessler was embroiled in an abortion trial in which she accused German nurse Katie Rath of performing a criminal […]

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Minding the GAPE – September 2019

Posted: September 30, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. On Black economic citizenship after Reconstruction Looking to Indigenous values to envision Hawaiian decolonization and self-determination What the postmortem life of executed mass murderer Anton Probst reveals about American medical history The long history of not having […]

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T. Wah Hing, Chinese American Herbalist and Abortionist  

Posted: September 25, 2019

by Dr. Tamara Venit Shelton In 1909, T. Wah Hing was indicted for feticide. At that time, forty-year-old Hing had been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for more than two decades in a home and office on J Street, between Seventh and Eighth in Sacramento, that he shared with his father, an immigrant from China who […]

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H. Wayne Morgan Book Prize

Posted: September 17, 2019

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is delighted to announce the Wayne Morgan Prize for the best book published in political history of United States in the period 1865-1920s. Former JGAPE editor, Alan Lessoff has written this tribute to remember Morgan’s legacy: During a half century of scholarship and academic […]

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A Woman Ahead of Her Time: Augusta Lewis Troup and Local Women’s Activism in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut

Posted: September 11, 2019

by Dr. Kelly Marino With centennials in 2019 and 2020 approaching, scholars are working to present the suffrage movement and its legacy in new ways. To date, most studies focus on national or state leaders who directed major organizations or accomplished well-known achievements. They often overlook local activism and less publicized campaigns that broadened the […]

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