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. 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:
The emergence of the urban landscape is inextricably tied to the GAPE period, yet most scholarship concentrates on the largest urban centers, with little work on the smaller cities and towns of the period. Are those two experiences fundamentally different? Do we need more work on the smaller-scale urban landscape, or is the archival record too slim?