Catherine Flanagan (left) and Madeleine Watson (right) of the National Woman's Party being arrested by police officer (center) as they picket with banners in front of the White House East Gate

Minding the GAPE – August 2020


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

#19SuffrageStories and animated stickers from the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives

Toys, memory, and the Lost Cause

Confronting colonialism in bird names

On Black Richmonders’ struggle against police brutality during Reconstruction

Review of an economic, social, and legal history of women’s sexual labor in Baltimore

The whaling ship Progress as a museum failure

A syllabus of anti-Black racism in medicine

Review of a history of Liberia, South Carolina, founded by freedpeople during Reconstruction

How the Nineteenth Amendment complicated the political status of women in Hawai’i

Dr. Martha S. Jones searches for her grandmother’s story of the Nineteenth Amendment

How the American West led the way for women’s voting rights

Roundtable on sacred space and post-emancipation society

On Black women’s struggle for the right to vote

Review of An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South

Women’s suffrage stories in the National Air and Space Museum Archives

Debunking 5 myths about the Nineteenth Amendment

A profile of suffragist Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch

How racist ideas shaped Reconstruction

A new portal for rediscovering Black life during WWI in the National Archives

A profile of photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals

The Nineteenth Amendment did not grant suffrage to Puerto Rican women

The work of the women’s suffrage movement did not end in 1920

Five profiles of Black suffragists

A call to action for a nationwide demonstration of good Civil War history at public sites

A blog series on Black life in the Midwest to contextualize life in two pandemics

Voices of Native employees of the National Park Service

Dr. Kimberly Hamlin, Co-Guest Editor of the October 2020 special suffrage centennial issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, on age of consent laws and suffrage history

A brief history of Mason jars, just in time for canning season

How suffragists fought to redefine femininity 

A profile of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt

Racism in medicine at St. Elizabeths Hospital


Cover Image: Catherine Flanagan (left) and Madeleine Watson (right) of the National Woman’s Party being arrested by police officer (center) as they picket with banners in front of the White House East Gate, August 1917, Harris & Ewing. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

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