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Minding the GAPE – April 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 and childbirth training at the Stewart Indian School

Franz Ferdinand and the history of bulletproof vests

The 19th-century Tiger King and the history of private zoos

More than a century of politicking and false promises for the NYC subway system

Today’s connections to the WWI homefront

The long controversy over bicycles in the urban landscape

A review of a digital encyclopedia of the American influenza epidemic of 1918-19 from Amanda Lynn Brewer, one of our SHGAPE blog editors

A long history of epidemics and ethnocentric nationalism

The intellectual origins of Open Door imperialism

What the 1917 Halifax Explosion shows about structural anti-Blackness during crises

Influenza diaries and what we can learn about recording our own experiences

On social reformer Emily Bissell’s anti-suffragism

“Art as a Tonic”: Making pottery in a tuberculosis sanatorium

How past epidemics shaped fashion

A brief account of mass graves for the poor in American history

A history teacher shares letters written by his grandmother, a teacher in 1918-19

The long history of experimenting with antimalarials

How elite agendas were baked into Red Cross relief systems after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake

Using digital humanities projects to reveal Reconstruction-era reunification efforts

HBO’s Watchmen and the history of ties between law enforcement and the Klan

Babe Ruth and the flu

How toxic colors in the artificial flower industry poisoned workers

Preserving the Black homesteader town of Nicodemus


Cover image: A Rainy Day by Frank W. Benson, ca. 1900-12, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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