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Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer

Posted: February 8, 2018

In 1931, the New York Times hailed Belle Case La Follette as “probably the least known yet most influential of all the American women who have had to do with public affairs.” A dedicated advocate for women’s suffrage, peace, and other causes, she served as a key advisor to her husband, leading Progressive politician Robert […]

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The Notorious Mrs. Clem

Posted: February 8, 2018

In September 1868, the remains of Jacob and Nancy Jane Young were found lying near the banks of Indiana’s White River. It was a gruesome scene. Part of Jacob’s face had been blown off, apparently by the shotgun that lay a few feet away. Spiders and black beetles crawled over his wound. Smoke rose from […]

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Uncle Sam’s Policemen

Posted: February 8, 2018

Extraordinary rendition—the practice of abducting criminal suspects in locations around the world—has been criticized as an unprecedented expansion of U.S. police powers. But America’s aggressive pursuit of fugitives beyond its borders far predates the global war on terror. Uncle Sam’s Policemen investigates the history of international manhunts, arguing that the extension of U.S. law enforcement […]

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The Blackwell Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive

Posted: February 8, 2018

A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era presents a collection of new historiographic essays covering the years between 1877 and 1920, a period which saw the U.S. emerge from the ashes of Reconstruction to become a world power. It is the single, definitive resource for the latest state of knowledge relating to the history and historiography of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. It features contributions by leading scholars in a wide range of relevant specialties and provides coverage of the period includes geographic, social, cultural, economic, political, diplomatic, ethnic, racial, gendered, religious, global, and ecological themes and approaches. In today’s era, often referred to as a “second Gilded Age,” this book offers relevant historical analysis of the factors that helped create contemporary society and fills an important chronological gap in period-based American history collections.

Written by SHGAPE Members Nancy Unger and Christopher McKnight Nichols
Professor of History at Santa Clara University
Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University

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Where Texas Meets the Sea

Posted: February 8, 2018

A favorite destination of visitors to the Texas coast, Corpus Christi is a midsize city that manages to be both cosmopolitan and provincial, networked and local. It is an indispensable provider of urban services to South Texas, as well as a port of international significance. Its industries and military bases and, increasingly, its coastal research […]

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Age of Charisma

Posted: February 8, 2018

An innovative examination of American society, culture, and politics, The Age of Charisma argues that the modern relationship between American leaders and followers grew out of a unique group of charismatic social movements prominent in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Drawing on hundreds of letters and testimonials, Jeremy C. Young illustrates how ‘personal magnetism’ in […]

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Escaping the Dark, Gray City

Posted: February 8, 2018

The turn of the twentieth century caught America at a crossroads, shaking the dust from a bygone era and hurtling toward the promises of modernity. Factories, railroads, banks, and oil fields—all reshaped the American landscape and people.  In the gulf between growing wealth and the ills of an urbanizing nation, the spirit of Progressivism emerged. […]

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The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

Posted: February 8, 2018

As controversial in politics as he was in the military, Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was an embattled president, enormously popular with the American people, yet the target of unrelenting censure by political enemies. For the first time in almost a century, this book by the distinguished historian Charles W. Calhoun examines Grant’s administration in depth, […]

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Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity

Posted: February 6, 2018

Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (UNC Press, 2007), emphasizes that globalization was not merely a phenomenon brought to regions beyond America’s shores by American military might and industrial power. Imports, immigrants, geographical knowledge, and consumer preferences ensured that globalization happened in America itself. Her current research focuses on the local history […]

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