Welcome to H-SHGAPE, the online forum of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and one of the founding networks on H-NET. H-SHGAPE seeks to encourage the study of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era through its network and online resources.

Please contact Chelsea Gibson, H-SHGAPE Network Editor-in-Chief, with questions, comments, or concerns. For book review queries, please contact the H-SHGAPE Book Review Editor, William S. Cossen.

H-SHGAPE was originally developed and maintained by Dr. Patrick Reagan, who deserves credit for assembling its wealth of information. Thanks are also due to Dr. Katherine Osburn (Editor-in-Chief, 2000-2016) and to the numerous GAPE scholars whose contributions in the form of syllabi, bibliographies, essays, and reviews make H-SHGAPE an invaluable resource for students and teachers.

Recent Content

Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: Gender and Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Here's a partial answer about newspaper coverage of "women's issues" in the GAPE: while today we would deplore having separate pages for such issues, in the GAPE (and beyond) such pages were standard. If you're looking for material on women, those pages are one of the first places to go. Example: in doing the research for my essay “Memorializing the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Woman’s Building” (published in Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World’s Fairs, T. J. Boisseau and Abigail Markwyn, eds.

Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: Gender and Gilded Age and Progressive Era

I too am enjoying this exchange about Gender in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. To respond to Jason Lilienthal y Trujillo's interest in coverage of public women's middle-class reform values by editorial and opinion pages of independent newspapers--I dedicate a chapter of my biography of Belle La Follette (Routledge, 2016) to her efforts to promote her progressive reform views through various journalistic endeavors, but primarily in her regular "Home and Education" column within LA FOLLETTE'S MAGAZINE (published today as THE PROGRESSIVE).

Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week: Gender and Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Thank you to Kimberly and Elisabeth for your posts. Both of your posts causes me to further ponder about the role of independent newspapers. Given womens' activism and push for reforms, I wonder if independent newspapers - in their editorial and opinion page - voiced to the public womens' middle-class values for reforms?