Black and white photograph of crowd of men, women, and children gather in front of a soup kitchen

Minding the GAPE – February 2022


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

Aileen Cole Stewart, one of the first African American nurses admitted to the Army Nurse Corps, who served during the 1918 influenza pandemic

Underrepresentation of Black women in Chicago’s public statuary and the resistance to adding more

After Robert E. Lee surrendered, the federal government refused to demobilize the United States Colored Troops, prolonging the service of Black soldiers

The story of a short-lived all-Native American NFL team

In 1919, a mob tarred and feathered brothers Samuel and Roger Courtney, two Black college students in Maine

HBO’s The Gilded Age brings renewed attention to the women of the era

Clarence “Taffy” Abel, a player on the 1924 U.S. Olympic hockey team, was the first Native American medal winner in winter games history—but his family had to hide their Indian identity to avoid residential schools

A new documentary on lynching souvenirs

This photo album succeeded where Pancho Villa failed—by capturing the man Villa may have been trying to find and kill when he raided a New Mexico village

Teaching colonization and decolonization during the “Critical Race Theory” panic

Examining desertion by Black soldiers during the Civil War

Washington Post readers sent in evidence about even more enslavers in Congress

A look at Arizona statehood, on its 110th anniversary

Five European museums repatriate human remains to Hawaii

“Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music”: a new crowd-sourcing transcription project from the Library of Congress

Exclusion and violence in western states help explain the whiteness of the USA’s winter Olympics team

A century ago, Mississippi’s Senate urged the federal government to trade European war debts for land in Africa to send the state’s Black residents

“Galentine’s Day” in the Gilded Age

Takeaways from the textbook wars of the 1920s

Reexamining the Hampton-Tuskegee educational model and its transnational connections

Twitterstorians on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The Black social gospel and the long civil rights movement

Black American internationalists and why thinking globally is important for securing African American rights

European views of the contested 1876 presidential election

The legacy of Freedman’s Village in Arlington, Virginia

Finding Gilded Age business history at the Library of Congress

Ukrainians have been fighting Russian imperialism for centuries

Cursive in the classroom and the technology of writing

Why Black History Month matters

The long history of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Much like when Germany violated Belgian neutrality at the outset of WWI, Russia may lose the propaganda war

A traveling photography exhibition chronicles life in the Jim Crow South


Cover Image: People await the opening of a soup kitchen in Aleksandrovsk (present-day Zaporozhye), Ukraine, 1921. “This photograph shows hungry people, mostly women and children, waiting with their containers for the soup kitchen to open in Aleksandrovsk (present-day Zaporozhye), Ukraine, in 1921. Famine struck the Soviet Union in 1921, one of the consequences of seven years of war. Under the auspices of the American Relief Administration (ARA) established by the United States government, the Joint Distribution Committee of American Funds for the Relief of Jewish War Sufferers (later the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, both names abbreviated as the JDC), provided food on a nonsectarian basis to millions of starving people in Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea over the course of a year.” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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