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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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Minding the GAPE – August 2019

Posted: August 30, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. The significance of the words we use to describe the violence of 1919’s Red Summer A professor ostracized for claiming the Civil War was about slavery – in 1911 The love letters of James and Lucretia Garfield, […]

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Minding the GAPE – July 2019

Posted: August 1, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Podcast episode on the gendered meanings of nineteenth-century fraternal orders A quick explainer on eugenicists and abortion On the 1900s reform movement for a “Safe and Sane” Fourth of July Black suffragists’ fight for respect and the […]

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Minding the GAPE – June 2019

Posted: June 30, 2019

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. A three-part series of posts on the international consciousness of the rural Midwest (part two) (part three) On the trial of Emma Simpson: murder, gender expectations, and the limits of the unwritten law in the Progressive Era […]

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Coxey’s Army of 1894 and the State of Populist Studies

Posted: June 26, 2019

by Dr. Wesley Bishop Jeffrey Ostler once stated that the contentious field of Populist studies was, “one of the bloodiest episodes in American historiography.” The historiographical debate over Populism is, to say the least, long and nuanced. Historians as different as Richard Hofstadter, Walter Nugent, Lawrence Goodwyn, Elizabeth Sanders, Michael Kazin, John Judis, Jan-Werner Muller, […]

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