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 Jeremy C. Young, 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:

I have actually benefited enormously from the ever-growing supply of digitized primary documents. When I taught the PROGE last, I incorporated the history of my university town (Binghamton, NY) and had students read about a local Cigar Strike, the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Factory (a company town), and a terrible clothing factory fire that killed 38 young immigrant girls. It gave students' first-hand examples of PROGE themes while also encouraging them to connect with the city in which they live.

Re: H-SHGAPE Question of the Week:

My students get a lot of mileage out of Jane Addams' "The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements" (1892). This initially surprised me, as I wasn't expecting students to connect with Addams, given her penchant for world travel, her support for expansive government action (I teach in a conservative area), etc. However, a substantial number of my students relate to Addams' description of the frustrations of young women with older generations telling them their dearly-held beliefs are precious and unimportant, and the reading always makes for a good discussion.