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.

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H-SHGAPE Panel Co-Sponsorship through the OAH

SHGAPE regularly co-sponsors panels accepted through the OAH application process. If you have submitted a panel proposal, it is not too late to request SHGAPE co-sponsorship. In addition, SHGAPE can sponsor up to two panels independently of the OAH selection committee. This is a great opportunity to present at the OAH if you missed the OAH deadline!

Re: Question of the Week: Populism and a Usable Past

Thank you all for this wonderful discussion. It couldn't be more timely for my U.S. Survey course. We discussed Populism today and these perspectives were really helpful in explaining students the usefulness of the past of the Populist movement.
Students also seems to appreciate it, and had very interesting perspectives on the relevancy of Populism today.

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Case Western Reserve University

Re: Question of the Week: Populism and a Usable Past

Hello all,

What a fascinating discussion! To me the challenge of Populism as a usable past is that so often when people say "populism" they don't mean Populism at all. The term has become as squishy as progressivism, liberalism, republicanism and the like: a word that sounds good (or bad, depending on your point of view) and so should be unmoored from its actual historical meaning and used to refer to what it sounds like rather than what it actually means.

Re: Question of the Week: Populism and a Usable Past

Thank you Professor Postel for your response. I have your article in Raritan and have really enjoyed it. Quick question, I didn't realize Barber so explicit in his referencing of the Populists. I am going to look through his work, but is there a specific document or set of docs that he does this in?

Thanks again.
-Wes Bishop