Black and white photograph of people walking around the tidal basin in Washington, DC, with trees surrounding them

Minding the GAPE – March 2022


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

Sitting Bull, Lakota sovereignty and land rights, and the establishment of Yellowstone National Park

For its 150th anniversary, a look at Yellowstone’s legislative history

The 110th anniversary of New Mexico statehood

The Russian invasion of Ukraine: resources at the Library of Congress

Race and gender at the circus

A historical examination of philanthropy in HBO’s The Gilded Age

Black internationalism challenging hemispheric Jim Crow

Female gentlemen” and WWI

The fight to save historic Black churches

A brief history of the illogic of war

As in WWI, Russia is again at the center of an American-backed war for democracy

Julia C. Collins and the Black elite featured in HBO’s The Gilded Age

SHGAPE Blog contributor Dr. Anya Jabour on Katharine Bement Davis and historical and contemporary debates over contraceptives and abortion access

The real history behind the psychics and swindlers of Nightmare Alley

110 years of cherry blossoms in Washington, DC

The weird world of fairground photography

Women musicians in DC’s early-twentieth-century music scene

A long history of the criminalization of Black girls

Focusing in on the Pullman women

Shackleton’s “turtle soup” book, the first book “written, printed, illustrated and bound in the Antarctic”

Smuggling Yiddish socialist literature from New York City to Russia

Learning about the lives of Chinese railroad workers through archaeology


Cover Image: “Cherry Blossoms in Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., Around Tidal Basin,” Harris & Ewing, 1919. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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