Engraving shows African American men registering to vote

Minding the GAPE – October 2020


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

Black cemeteries as a counter-memory to Confederate monuments

Echoes of the Panic of 1873

When the 1918 flu pandemic struck the White House

A bibliography of the Twin Cities

How the presidency has shaped race relations

Italian American representation and rethinking Columbus Day

Creating federal holidays has always been political

The shortcomings of Union Civil War monuments

On the history of the Women’s KKK

Sharing the history of the 1919 Chicago race riots through a bike tour

Election day during the 1918 flu pandemic

Black voter suppression in Reconstruction-era Georgia

How the 1918 flu pandemic changed Halloween 

America’s long history of blaming immigrants for disease

Are we facing a repeat of the election of 1876?

Nutrition capitalism in Minneapolis

The long history of mirrors

When young Americans donned capes and marched for democracy ahead of the 1880 presidential election

White supremacy and the history of American midwifery

Trees and urban development in Great Falls, Montana

The Reconstruction-era political career of Tunis G. Campbell, Georgia state senator

A new museum tells the story of jailed suffragists

The Little Suffragist Doll: white supremacy in suffragism

Telling the complicated story of Theodore Roosevelt as hunter and naturalist in a new exhibition

The surprising history of canned cocktails

Highlights from the National Archives’ Voting Rights Portal

Native American voting rights and the failings of the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act


Cover Image: “First municipal election in Richmond since the end of the war – registration of colored voters” by William Ludwell Sheppard, Harper’s Weekly, v. 14, no. 701 (1870 June 4), p. 365, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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