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An “Adamless Eden for Female Offenders”?: Katharine Bement Davis and the Carceral State in Progressive-Era New York

Posted: July 13, 2021

By Dr. Anya Jabour July 13, 2021 This is the first in a series of blog posts on women’s history and the long Progressive Era, honoring the legacy of the late Elisabeth Israels Perry. Perry served as SHGAPE President from 1998-2000 and had a long and distinguished career that highlighted women’s political activism in GAPE […]

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Taxing the Bachelors

Posted: June 1, 2021

By Dr. Jill Frahm June 1, 2021 On March 18, 1907, an anonymous individual at the Fort Dodge, Iowa, city council meeting proposed an ordinance to tax all bachelors and spinsters residing in the town. The proposal, smuggled into a pile of legitimate business papers, required “all able bodied persons between the ages of 25 […]

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Patriotic Education and Political Repression in Progressive Era Utah

Posted: April 13, 2021

By Dr. Cody Dodge Ewert April 13, 2021 In his annual report for 1906, A. C. Nelson, Utah’s state superintendent of public instruction, proclaimed that the Beehive State’s schools must teach patriotism. “It is in our public schools that our national unity is to be conserved,” Nelson explained. Although Utah had achieved statehood a decade […]

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Decoding the 1918 Flu

Posted: July 7, 2020

By Ann Reid July 7, 2020 This post is part of a series exploring the lived experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read the first post by Coyote Shook here. Read the second post by Jeff Nichols here. Read the third post by Chelsea Chamberlain here. I had never heard of the 1918 influenza pandemic when my […]

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“An Avalanche of Unexpected Sickness”: Institutions and Disease in 1918 and Today

Posted: June 23, 2020

By Chelsea Chamberlain June 23, 2020 This is the third post in our series exploring the lived experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read the first post by Coyote Shook here. Read the second post by Jeff Nichols here. Between August 14 and August 19, 1908, the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble-minded Children at Elwyn […]

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The Ghosts of Great Lakes

Posted: June 17, 2020

By Jeff Nichols June 17, 2020 This post was originally published by the Chicago Reader and is reprinted here with permission. This is the second post in our series on the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read the first post here. In 1918 in the northern suburban fringe of Chicago, an insidious illness killed twice the number […]

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Flu in the Arctic Text

Posted: June 9, 2020

This is the text of the graphic essay “Flu in the Arctic” by Coyote Shook. Find the original post here and view the full PDF here.   Title Panel: Flu in the Arctic: Influenza in Alaska, 1918 ~Coyote Shook~ [Black and white sketch drawing of a moose skull resting on a hill with trees, water, […]

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Flu in the Arctic: Influenza in Alaska, 1918

Posted: June 9, 2020

By Coyote Shook June 9, 2020 This graphic essay leads off a new series on the SHGAPE blog exploring the lived experience of Americans during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Also be sure to check out the list of further readings below. View the full PDF of “Flu in the Arctic” here. Or read the text […]

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Britain, the United States, and the Danish West Indies, 1916-17

Posted: May 5, 2020

By Dr. Ben Markham May 5, 2020 The islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are surrounded by Puerto Rico—once a Spanish colony—and the British Virgin Islands. Between the early eighteenth century and the early twentieth, the three main islands, combined with smaller minor islands in the surrounding archipelago, formed a single Danish […]

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Teaching Digital Literacy through a Walking Tour about the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Posted: April 22, 2020

By Dr. Sara Harwood Working with three first-year students and two graduate students at Georgia State University, I oversaw the development of a self-guided walking tour that uses David Fort Godshalk’s Veiled Visions to describe the horrific events that occurred on Saturday, September 22nd, the first day of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. The tour, […]

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