Image of people standing and sitting on a beach, some holding umbrellas.

Minding the GAPE – July 2021


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

Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward and America’s political imagination

Removing the white supremacy marker in Colfax, Louisiana

Evaluating the new National World War I Memorial in D.C.

Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative seeks to address the intergenerational impact of boarding schools

How historians convinced the Supreme Court that the NCAA’s claim of amateurism is a myth

Teaching Reconstruction through a transnational lens

Three blog posts on the digitization of the Ratified Indian Treaties, 1722-1869

Solving a century-old pigeon mystery

The memoirs of First Lady Julia Dent Grant as turn-of-the-century plantation narrative

Black women’s activism during the Civil War

Enduring lessons from the Scopes trial

Finding Madam C. J. Walker in the National Archives

Prinzessin Victoria Luise: inventing the cruise ship

Reading list on the history of guns and gun violence in the U.S.

Diverging post-colonial trajectories of Haiti and Ireland

The science of sound location during WWI

A Q&A on pandemics in global urban history

The long history of gymnastics

President Biden and the “Rooseveltian tradition” of liberal internationalism

Juneteenth, from localized tradition to federal holiday

Black press buildings as symbols of Black protest and targets of white violence

19th-century photography and what to look for when viewing glass negatives

The shifting role of family in American disaster victim identification

Documents from the life of Colonel Allen Allensworth, founder of California’s first Black-founded city


Cover Image: On the beach, Palm Beach, Florida, ca. 1900-1906, Detroit Publishing Company. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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