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H. Wayne Morgan Book Prize

Posted: September 4, 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. The prize is given in honor of H. Wayne Morgan, who was the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of History at […]

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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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Listening to the Progressive Era Domestic Soundscape

Posted: June 18, 2019

by Dr. J. Martin Vest In my doctoral dissertation “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930,” I presented a cultural history of the early recording industry in close conversation with the so-called “New Materialisms.” Drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS), phenomenological philosophy, and other strains of materialist literature, I sought to […]

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Minding the GAPE – May 2019

Posted: May 31, 2019

Introducing a monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. Nine exhibitions on women’s history to visit this year A photo tour through the Stamp Division at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the 1890s A two-part review of a conference on the Greater Reconstruction […]

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Interview with SHGAPE President Al Broussard

Posted: May 24, 2019

Below we share an interview with our new SHGAPE president, Dr. Albert S. Broussard. Dr. Broussard is a professor of History at Texas A&M University, where he has taught since 1985. He will serve as SHGAPE president from 2019-2021. Could you tell us a little bit about your scholarship? My recent scholarship explores civil rights, […]

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Labor Reformer George Gunton and a Progressive Era Divorce Scandal

Posted: March 20, 2019

by Stephen Leccese “What a scoundrel!” my mom exclaimed as I told her the following story. This is not a typical reaction when I talk about my work–my research on economic theory and policy is not exactly a scandal-ridden field for non-historians. So when I came across a story of divorce and abandonment involving economist […]

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“A Place Among Original Investigators:” Walter Wyckoff, Alfred Pierce, and Me

Posted: March 5, 2019

by Beau Driver Most historians have felt the thrill of discovery at some point while in the archives. There is a rush that comes with finding something new. For me, it has often felt as though I was suddenly taking an active role in the history that I study. I’ve experienced some of these moments […]

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