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Listening to the Progressive Era Domestic Soundscape

Posted: June 18, 2019

by Dr. J. Martin Vest In my doctoral dissertation “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930,” I presented a cultural history of the early recording industry in close conversation with the so-called “New Materialisms.” Drawing on Science and Technology Studies (STS), phenomenological philosophy, and other strains of materialist literature, I sought to […]

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Interview with SHGAPE President Al Broussard

Posted: May 24, 2019

Below we share an interview with our new SHGAPE president, Dr. Albert S. Broussard. Dr. Broussard is a professor of History at Texas A&M University, where he has taught since 1985. He will serve as SHGAPE president from 2019-2021. Could you tell us a little bit about your scholarship? My recent scholarship explores civil rights, […]

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Labor Reformer George Gunton and a Progressive Era Divorce Scandal

Posted: March 20, 2019

by Stephen Leccese “What a scoundrel!” my mom exclaimed as I told her the following story. This is not a typical reaction when I talk about my work–my research on economic theory and policy is not exactly a scandal-ridden field for non-historians. So when I came across a story of divorce and abandonment involving economist […]

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“A Place Among Original Investigators:” Walter Wyckoff, Alfred Pierce, and Me

Posted: March 5, 2019

by Beau Driver Most historians have felt the thrill of discovery at some point while in the archives. There is a rush that comes with finding something new. For me, it has often felt as though I was suddenly taking an active role in the history that I study. I’ve experienced some of these moments […]

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Race, Privilege, and the Problem of the Subaltern Franco-American

Posted: January 29, 2019

by Patrick Lacroix   When the Payette family moved to northern New York some time around 1850, the mass migration of French Canadians to the United States was in its infancy.[1] This movement of people from the St. Lawrence River valley continued for the better part of a century, with brief interruptions in the 1870s […]

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The Weather Forecast Company and the Business of Prediction

Posted: September 10, 2018

In October 1903, the Weather Forecast Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, printed a testimonial from the editor of the St. Paul Dispatch endorsing the company’s predictions as “an unqualified success” and the newspaper’s most popular feature.[1] The Dispatch, which claimed to be the only newspaper west of the Atlantic coast to have its own commercial […]

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On Nippers, Nipper-Napping, and the New York Public Library

Posted: August 8, 2018

by J. Martin Vest I spent early 2017 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts while researching the final chapters of my dissertation, “Vox Machinae: Phonographs and the Birth of Sonic Modernity, 1877-1930.” Every morning, I rode the train in from Queens, emerging from the subway tunnels at Lincoln Center across whose broad […]

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