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:
Are the terms "Gilded Age" and "Progressive Era" still useful to describe the period from Reconstruction to World War I, or are they outdated? If the latter, what terms should we use instead? Why don't more emerging scholars of this period identify with these terms?