Image of people on the beach at Coney Island

Minding the GAPE – July 2019


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

Podcast episode on the gendered meanings of nineteenth-century fraternal orders

A quick explainer on eugenicists and abortion

On the 1900s reform movement for a “Safe and Sane” Fourth of July

Black suffragists’ fight for respect and the right to vote

Article on the 1920 census and the lasting tensions over immigration and urbanization

A post on local politics and Black freedom in Lowcountry Georgia during and after Reconstruction

Review of Germ City, an exhibition exploring the complex relationship between people and pathogens in New York City

Why early suffragists opposed birth control

On the contemporary resonance of Al Smith, New York Governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee, and his appeals for tolerance in an era of xenophobia

A brief look at the Country Life Movement and its failure to understand the reality and diversity of rural women

Cover image: Hot day at Coney Island, 1900, Coney Island, New York. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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