A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web.

A new volume explores Black women’s intellectual history

Using fiction to explore racial inequality in the early 20th century

The importance of preserving radio broadcasts

Controversy over museums refusing to display an exhibit of lynching postcards

Evolving interpretations of the Monroe Doctrine

The racialized history of going to the movies

Digitizing D.C. Court of Appeals cases for research accessibility

Holiday baking with historical recipes

A Black sailor who rescued shipwreck survivors received a hero’s welcome in New York

Fencing became a nationally organized sport in the late 19th century

List of great Black history books published in 2023

Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who designed the plan for Washington, D.C., died in poverty but was later honored at Arlington National Cemetery

Newly digitized records on Alaskan salmon research

New photographic project honors Black Civil War soldiers by recreating portraits with their descendants

Gingerbread replicas of historic hotels

The Library of Congress holds a cartoon collection dating back 150 years

Arlington Cemetery’s 1914 Confederate memorial dismantled after a congressional act

Department stores created Christmas characters as marketing tools

The electric history of neon art

First Amendment challenges through blasphemy laws

Photos of Christmas mail and packages in the archives

Gendered state violence in South-Central Texas

Debates over the Confederate memorial removal at Arlington National Cemetery

For 56 years, New Yorkers received their mail through pneumatic tubes

A stroll through Washington Crossing State Park, established in 1913

Remembering the Christmas Truce of 1914

2023 was a year for momentous anniversaries

The legacy of two Black seamstresses for first ladies

Cover Image

Uncle Sam convalesces while “Drs.” Cleveland, McKinley, and Reed consult over a bottle labeled labeled “Currency Reform Medicine.” “Convalescent,” Louis Dalrymple, Puck, v. 40, no. 1033 (December 23, 1896).

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After serving in the United States Navy, Kym pursued her education and true passion of history. Kym taught as an adjunct for six years prior to continuing her education. She is currently a History PhD student and Fellow at the University of Montana, focusing on public health in the Progressive Era.

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