Photograph of a protest parade; sign in front reads "THE FIRST BLOOD FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE Was Shed By A Negro CRISPUS ATTUCKS"

Minding the GAPE – July 2020


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

Recreating Inez Milholland Boissevain’s suffrage campaign through the American West

Segregation and surveillance in the history of urban planning in St. Louis

Monuments, commemoration, and the contested legacy of Ulysses S. Grant

Visualizing the data on when Confederate monuments were erected

On the life of Mary McLeod Bethune

Animal testing and casualties during WWI

How a Black firefighter invented the firehouse pole

“Americans are the dangerous, disease-carrying foreigners now”

On Dr. George Edmund Haynes and his research on Black labor and racial inequality

The United States Emigrant Escort Service and the Civil War as a war for settler colonialism

Picturing the Harlem Renaissance beyond Harlem

Poetry as an access point to the 1919 Chicago race riot

The queer history of the suffrage movement

Confronting the racist legacy of John Muir in the Sierra Club

Three essays on the global scope of Reconstruction

Podcast episode on the long history of slavery, soul food, and racist branding

On the obstacles imposed on women voters registering for the 1920 election

How the public dealt with the 1918 pandemic through humor

Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill, Co-Guest Editor of the October 2020 special suffrage centennial issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and Dr. Sarah Deer on Indigenous suffragist Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, also known as Zitkála-Šá


Cover Image: Silent protest parade in New York City against the East St. Louis riots, 1917, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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