Illustration shows waiters Joseph G. Cannon and James S. Sherman turning away a man labeled "Average Citizen" and a woman at the "Hotel Prosperity" dining room because all the tables have been reserved

Minding the GAPE – December 2021

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

Cons, scams, and the “Age of Imposture

With the U.S. COVID death toll surpassing that of the Civil War, turning to history for lessons on memorials and remembrance

Marcus Garvey’s descendants press for a posthumous pardon

Honoring the Sand Creek Massacre amid a pandemic

Edith Houghton, the would-be doctor who believed women’s suffrage would eradicate STIs

Turn-of-the-century illustrations from the D.C. Parks Commission

The attempted assassination of the U.S. ambassador to France in 1921

When Humane Societies organized Christmas parties for horses

There’s more to learn about Roosevelt from the Theodore Roosevelt Oral History Collection

Black remembrance and racial violence in New Orleans

When the modern image of Santa Claus first appeared during the Civil War, Santa sided with the North

The weird history of Abraham Lincoln’s casket photos gets even weirder

Opening a time capsule placed under Richmond’s statue of Robert E. Lee in 1887

Moving Richmond’s statue of Robert E. Lee to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

 

Cover Image: Waiters Joseph G. Cannon and James S. Sherman turn away a man labeled “Average Citizen” and a woman at the “Hotel Prosperity” dining room because all the tables have been reserved for Wool Interests, Coal Trust, etc. New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Prosperity, Puck, v. 66, no. 1713 (December 29, 1909), centerfold. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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