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Minding the GAPE – August 2019


A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web.

The significance of the words we use to describe the violence of 1919’s Red Summer

A professor ostracized for claiming the Civil War was about slavery – in 1911

The love letters of James and Lucretia Garfield, now available online from the Library of Congress

Two posts on the role of race and racism in the development of political science as a discipline in America (Part 1) (Part 2)

An interview with Sarah Handley-Cousins about her new book on the history of Civil War disability

Podcast episode on fatherhood in 19th century US and Britain

Reexamining the narrative of Alaska history from the view of Indigenous nations and the bowhead whale

Radio show on “Old Town Road,” Black cowboys, and the Black roots of country music

Review of three exhibitions on the history of the women’s suffrage movement

Kate Bender: murder, spiritualism, and the American West

When people feared that contaminated library books would spread deadly diseases

On Henrietta Wood, who sued for reparations in 1870 and won

The history of anti-vaccination parents in the 19th and early 20th centuries

Cover image: Students and teacher in the Washington School, Boston, MA, 1909. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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