Print shows a landscape view of a country scene with flowering trees in bloom, wetlands, cart path, and a young girl picking flowers; beyond the trees and split-rail fence on the right may be a farmhouse.

Minding the GAPE – March 2020


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

Posters from the “Golden Age” of magic

Dairy colonialism in Indian Country

An exhibition of artwork by Native women artists

Eugene V. Debs as the Bernie Sanders of the 1920s

Podcast episode on anti-Mexican mob violence and lynching along the Texas-Mexico border

Recovering the story of Thomas McKeller, John Singer Sargent’s secret muse

On Gender, tuberculosis, and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake

Rethinking the “nation of immigrants” narrative in public history

Podcast episode on what we can learn from past pandemics

The Blues as an intellectual resource on environmental destruction and environmental justice

Fact or fiction in Netflix’s adaptation of the life of Madam C. J. Walker

When nuns stepped in as nurses during the 1918 pandemic

The history of social distancing in fashion

Historical perspective on epidemics in Hawaii and shutting down the islands

Public health and discrimination against Asian Americans

The suffragist who campaigned for historic preservation in Charleston

Looking at an unratified constitutional amendment proposed in the Progressive Era to regulate child labor

Humor during the 1889-92 flu and COVID-19

Queering the mythology of Emiliano Zapata

Esther Pohl, the pioneering health commissioner who saved Portland from a 1907 plague outbreak

Book review on ballparks and the built environment

On “the original new woman,” Mary Walker: physician, suffragist, radical

Lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic


Cover image: Spring by J. Mazzanovich, published by L. Prang & Co., Boston, 1888Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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