Welcome to H-SHGAPE's Question of the Week! Each Wednesday, the list editors will ask a question about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era that we hope will provoke lively discussion. We encourage you to share your thoughts by typing in the "Post a Reply" box below the original post, or, if you're getting this by email, by clicking on the "Read More or Reply" link. Please include your name and affiliation in your responses. If you'd like to submit a question to be asked in a future week, please contact the H-SHGAPE Editor-In-Chief, Jeremy C. Young, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week's question:
What historical figure from the Gilded Age and Progressive Era has the most contemporary relevance for today's discussions on race and/or economic equality? What can we learn from that individual?