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Minding the GAPE – June 2020

Posted: June 30, 2020

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. A tribute to Gilded Age and Progressive Era historian Dr. John D. Buenker The history of protest and attacks on Confederate monuments On the state’s failure to protect Black Americans in 1919 and today Why the postal […]

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“An Avalanche of Unexpected Sickness”: Institutions and Disease in 1918 and Today

Posted: June 23, 2020

By Chelsea Chamberlain June 23, 2020 This is the third post in our series exploring the lived experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read the first post by Coyote Shook here. Read the second post by Jeff Nichols here. Between August 14 and August 19, 1908, the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble-minded Children at Elwyn […]

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The Ghosts of Great Lakes

Posted: June 17, 2020

By Jeff Nichols June 17, 2020 This post was originally published by the Chicago Reader and is reprinted here with permission. This is the second post in our series on the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read the first post here. In 1918 in the northern suburban fringe of Chicago, an insidious illness killed twice the number […]

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Flu in the Arctic Text

Posted: June 9, 2020

This is the text of the graphic essay “Flu in the Arctic” by Coyote Shook. Find the original post here and view the full PDF here.   Title Panel: Flu in the Arctic: Influenza in Alaska, 1918 ~Coyote Shook~ [Black and white sketch drawing of a moose skull resting on a hill with trees, water, […]

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Flu in the Arctic: Influenza in Alaska, 1918

Posted: June 9, 2020

By Coyote Shook June 9, 2020 This graphic essay leads off a new series on the SHGAPE blog exploring the lived experience of Americans during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Also be sure to check out the list of further readings below. View the full PDF of “Flu in the Arctic” here. Or read the text […]

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Minding the GAPE – May 2020

Posted: June 1, 2020

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. We are living in a Red Spring “Talking About Race” web portal released by Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture The history of racist policing in America A reading list on U.S. immigration and […]

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Britain, the United States, and the Danish West Indies, 1916-17

Posted: May 5, 2020

By Dr. Ben Markham May 5, 2020 The islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are surrounded by Puerto Rico—once a Spanish colony—and the British Virgin Islands. Between the early eighteenth century and the early twentieth, the three main islands, combined with smaller minor islands in the surrounding archipelago, formed a single Danish […]

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Minding the GAPE – April 2020

Posted: May 1, 2020

A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web. A trip down the rabbit hole of the etymological origin of the name “Triscuits” Looking at the 1918 flu through the lens of food history How past public health emergencies have changed the way we live Assimilation […]

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Teaching Digital Literacy through a Walking Tour about the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Posted: April 22, 2020

By Dr. Sara Harwood Working with three first-year students and two graduate students at Georgia State University, I oversaw the development of a self-guided walking tour that uses David Fort Godshalk’s Veiled Visions to describe the horrific events that occurred on Saturday, September 22nd, the first day of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. The tour, […]

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SHGAPE Prizes 2020

Posted: April 7, 2020

The Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s prizes. We are only sorry that we could not honor them in person at the SHGAPE luncheon at the OAH this year. Congratulations to all our winners!   SHGAPE President’s Book Prize For the best […]

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