Shows Grant walking through a crowd in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol

Minding the GAPE – January 2021


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

What the evolution of slang shows about how women lost status in saloons

The story of Joseph Rainey, the first Black member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Debunking the myth of Yellowstone as pristine wilderness

A brief history of peanut butter

Medicalizing and racializing Black military workers in the Age of Imperialism

The 1918 flu pandemic on the Reservation, as documented in the National Archives

Podcast episode on chaos in the Capitol and the election of 1876

A Confederate flag at the Capitol and the new Lost Cause

The deep roots of anti-democratic violence in the U.S.

Historians on why the assault on the Capitol was not really unprecedented

Looking to 1871 to address the attempted insurrection

The illusion of America’s well-functioning democracy

What Trump shares with the Lost Cause

Mobs of white citizens have long been commonplace

The origins of American policing and why the inaction of Capitol Police was by design

When Andrew Johnson refused to attend Grant’s inauguration

How Trump’s Lost Cause may endure

What his 2008 biography of Theodore Roosevelt reveals about Senator Josh Hawley and January 6th

The most scandalous film never shown in DC

Black women have long been important political organizers

A modern-day lynch mob

Charles Curtis, the first Vice President of color

How one teacher challenged nativist attacks against immigration after WWI

On the history of convict leasing

Evatima Tardo: “the strangest woman in the world”

Eric Foner on what politicians mean by “unity” and “healing”

Vice President Harris’ pearls and the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Parallels between the attempted insurrection and lynchings a century ago

How the Civil War got its name

Senator Raphael Warnock and lessons from the era of Hiram Revels

The complicated legacy of the first Indigenous Vice President

When women ditched corsets for one-piece long underwear

Heather Cox Richardson on the historical significance of Biden’s inauguration

Vice President Harris and the history of women’s officeholding

Historians respond to the 1776 Report

The value of a National Museum of the American Latino

Historicizing childhood and how white Americans have weaponized the idea of girlhood

The roots of modern consumer culture at the start of the twentieth century

When Chinese restaurants didn’t look “Chinese”

A museum exhibition on the history of surfing in Hawaii

The history of African Americans in the White House

Frederick Douglass and Ulysses S. Grant on the pitfalls of reconciliation

The long history of Americans’ unease with vaccines

In the mid-19th century, the law was unclear if children were “persons”

White House dogs have long comforted anxious Americans


Cover Image: The procession through the Capitol rotunda from the Senate chamber during the second inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1873. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, v. 36, March 15, 1873. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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