William McKinley as a rooster stands next to a broken egg labeled "Vice-Presidential Aspirations" from which several chicks have emerged: Lodge, Black, Bliss, Teddy, Root, Beveridge, and Timmy Woodruff.

Minding the GAPE – March 2021

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

The long tradition of controlling Black Americans by attacking Sunday voting

Gender-neutral Potato Heads and the history of anxiety over the social influences of children’s toys

How the history of women’s suffrage in Utah has been obscured by controversies over polygamy

Failed quarantines led to measles outbreaks in the early twentieth century

Miami’s labor history and the urban landscape

How Progressive-Era settlement houses fostered women’s activism and intellectual creativity

Ida Holdgreve: the Wright brothers’ seamstress and the first female American aerospace worker

What early-twentieth-century trade literature reveals about recreation and leisure

The long history of Anti-Asian American violence

“Stagecoach” Mary Fields, the first Black woman to be a Star Route Carrier for the USPS

Examining the post-Civil War memory work of African Americans

An illustrated history of the recumbent bicycle

What the 1870 Census tells us about voter suppression during Reconstruction

The women who worked as forest fire lookouts

Countering misinformation about smallpox inoculation in the early twentieth century

“Hello Girls”: the women who operated telephone switchboards during WWI

A 1924 photograph of the Harvard KKK

Oklahoma statehood and the unrealized promise of racial progress

 

Cover Image: William McKinley as a rooster stands next to a broken egg labeled “Vice-Presidential Aspirations” from which several chicks have emerged: Lodge, Black, Bliss, Teddy, Root, Beveridge, and Timmy Woodruff. “McKinley’s Easter Egg” by Louis Dalrymple, Puck, v. 47, no. 1206 (1900 April 18). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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