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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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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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