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The Greatest Show on Earth: Power, Spectacle, and Performance in the Traveling Circus

Posted: February 19, 2019

by William J. Hansard (Cover Image: This building in Troy, New York, has been plastered with posters advertising the Ringling Brothers circus, demonstrating the extremes to which circuses would go to stake their claim. Image courtesy of the Ringling Museum Archives. The author is indebted to the archives staff at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of […]

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Race, Privilege, and the Problem of the Subaltern Franco-American

Posted: January 29, 2019

by Patrick Lacroix   When the Payette family moved to northern New York some time around 1850, the mass migration of French Canadians to the United States was in its infancy.[1] This movement of people from the St. Lawrence River valley continued for the better part of a century, with brief interruptions in the 1870s […]

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A Sneak Peek at One of the SHGAPE-Sponsored Panels at the 2019 AHA!

Posted: January 2, 2019

The 2019 annual meeting for the American Historical Association will take place in Chicago from January 3-6, and SHGAPE is sponsoring two great panels! Today on the blog, we’re pleased to feature a “sneak peek” of one of the sponsored sessions, “Secret Liaisons and Disloyalty: Space and Gender in Progressive-Era New York.” The panel is scheduled for […]

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The Weather Forecast Company and the Business of Prediction

Posted: September 10, 2018

In October 1903, the Weather Forecast Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, printed a testimonial from the editor of the St. Paul Dispatch endorsing the company’s predictions as “an unqualified success” and the newspaper’s most popular feature.[1] The Dispatch, which claimed to be the only newspaper west of the Atlantic coast to have its own commercial […]

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On Nippers, Nipper-Napping, and the New York Public Library

Posted: August 8, 2018

by J. Martin Vest I spent early 2017 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts while researching the final chapters of my dissertation, “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930.” Every morning, I rode the train in from Queens, emerging from the subway tunnels at Lincoln Center across whose broad […]

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Bedeviled Reconciliation: Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War

Posted: July 18, 2018

by Donald Thomas Hickey Historians measure change over time in many different ways. When examining the cultural history of the American Civil War Era, for example, analysis of popular literature from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s incendiary Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) to Jefferson Davis’ turgid The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1881) reveals the conflicting […]

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SHGAPE Blog

Posted: May 23, 2018

August 3, 2020 The July 2020 roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web is here! In the latest installment of Minding the GAPE, learn about Native women’s suffrage activism, racist food branding, animal testing during WWI, the history of the firehouse pole, and more. July 28, […]

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Latest Journal Issue

Posted: May 23, 2018

Latest issue: 19.3 (July 2020) The newest Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is available to members here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-gilded-age-and-progressive-era/latest-issue Our July 2020 issue greets readers with the dour mugshot of Myrtle Farnum, sentenced to 1 year to life for manslaughter in 1896. Just three years later, she was paroled from Joliet and entered into […]

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H-Net Reviews

Posted: January 31, 2018

Griffin on Grell and Cunningham and Arrizabalaga, 'It All Depends on the Dose: Poisons and Medicines in European History' Source: H-Net Reviews Published: 09-29-2020 Carpenter on Dry, 'Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole' Source: H-Net Reviews [...]

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Posted: January 30, 2018

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