Nannie Burroughs holding banner reading, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention"

Minding the GAPE – February 2021


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

Misinformation during the 1918 flu pandemic and combatting vaccine conspiracy theories

Podcast episode breaking down the 1776 Report

How racist cartoons stoked violence in Reconstruction-era North Carolina

Teaching Black history through Civil War pension records

Reclaiming the banjo’s Black roots

Mardi Gras as America’s looking glass

Finding Ida B. Wells in the National Archives

Centering African American history in public history courses

On the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

When Black male suffrage was on the ballot

Rediscovering nineteenth-century ideas about ventilation and airborne disease

William Henry Seward’s travel narrative and intellectual history

How former Confederates made international comparisons to appeal for unity through forgiveness

Ida B. Wells’ legacy of activism in education

Researching African American genealogy with Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

When Nannie Helen Burroughs was rejected from a teaching job for being “too Black,” she started her own school

How the translation of a single word dispels powerful myths about the Spanish-American War


Cover Image: Nannie Helen Burroughs holding a banner reading, “Banner State Woman’s National Baptist Convention,” ca. 1905-1915. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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