Preserving Chinatowns, combatting food price-fixing, examining the roots of Memorial Day, mapping the Titanic shipwreck, attempting to protect migratory birds, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – April 2023
Easter hats, carrier pigeons, child labor laws, the Comstock Act, the long history of removing Black lawmakers from office, a Gilded Age murder mystery, and much more.
Regulating Freedom in Georgia’s County Court
During the two centuries before 1865, the U.S. South was governed by and for slaveholding planters. Southern law gave these enslavers almost total authority over the lives of enslaved people. The Civil War, however, destroyed the legal institution of slavery and, with it, the legal power of the slaveholder. Southern states faced the question of how to maintain the cotton economy without slavery. Their solution was to transfer the legal power over Black Southerners that had been held by slaveholders to the state.
Minding the GAPE – March 2023
City rats, IQ tests, chapel cars, birthright citizenship, preserving women’s history sites, the racialization of infanticide, teaching with silent films, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – February 2023
Black History Month, homebrewing, Groundhog Day, academic freedom, oyster pirates, Black secret societies, and much more
Minding the GAPE – January 2023
Newly digitized Native American newspapers, competitive typesetting, Black Civil War widows, the debt ceiling and WWI war bonds, Chew Heong v. United States, remembering the Rosewood Massacre 100 years later, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – December 2022
Christmas patents, Arizona’s Cochise County, Jumbo the elephant, a globe-trotting cyclist, backlash against lodgers, rainbows, rainmakers, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – November 2022
Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, elections history, “Christmas creep,” new research and resources on the Great Migration, porcelain dolls, the electric chair, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – October 2022
Jazz and crime syndicates, women’s gun ownership, endangered historic places, Native American poets, the commercialization of Halloween, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – September 2022
Ragtime music, Latinos in Hollywood, the Landlord’s Game, backlash against the Comstock Act, parental control versus academic freedom, loaning binoculars to the Navy, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – August 2022
Seances and women’s rights, baby contests and eugenics, exhibiting the history of Black cinema, the rise of picture postcards, and much more.
Minding the GAPE – July 2022
Policewomen surveilling abortionists, border policy and the Mexican Revolution of 1910, Queen Lili’uokalani’s struggle for self-sovereignty in Hawaii, the multicultural history of rodeo, and much more.