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American Imperial Pastoral: The Architecture of US Colonialism in the Philippines

Posted: December 21, 2018

In 1904, renowned architect Daniel Burnham, the Progressive Era urban planner who famously “Made No Little Plans,” set off for the Philippines, the new US colonial acquisition. Charged with designing environments for the occupation government, Burnham set out to convey the ambitions and the dominance of the regime, drawing on neo-classical formalism for the Pacific […]

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Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America

Posted: December 21, 2018

In Looking Forward, Jamie L. Pietruska uncovers a culture of prediction in the modern era, where forecasts became commonplace as crop forecasters, “weather prophets,” business forecasters, utopian novelists, and fortune-tellers produced and sold their visions of the future. Private and government forecasters competed for authority—as well as for an audience—and a single prediction could make or break a forecaster’s reputation. Pietruska […]

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Escaping the Dark, Gray City: Fear and Hope in Progressive Era Conservation

Posted: December 21, 2018

Drawing on extensive work in urban history and Progressive politics, Benjamin Heber Johnson weaves together environmental history, material culture, and politics to reveal the successes and failures of the conservation movement and its lasting legacy. By following the efforts of a broad range of people and groups—women’s clubs, labor advocates, architects, and politicians—Johnson shows how […]

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Legalistic Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century

Posted: December 21, 2018

Coates’ original and deeply researched book examines the entwined history of international law and US empire between 1898 and the 1920s. As jurists, politicians, and academicians justified the conduct of the United States and its growing power abroad, they became an instrumental force in the development of international law. Coates’ intriguing and important research helps […]

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Fostering on the Farm: Child Placement in the Rural Midwest

Posted: December 21, 2018

From 1870 until after World War I, reformers led an effort to place children from orphanages, asylums, and children’s homes with farming families. Drawing on institution records, correspondence from children and placement families, and state reports, Megan Birk scrutinizes how the farm system developed–and how the children involved may have become some of America’s last […]

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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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