Far too often, United States history curricula race through the fifty years between the Civil War and Reconstruction on the one end, and the Great Depression and World War II on the other—but the tumultuous, crisis-filled, frequently violent, and wholly transformative Gilded Age (1870s-1890s) and Progressive Era (1890s-1920s) deserve our focused consideration. As the country… MORE
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February 28, 2017. Women’s Rights in the West from Polygamy to The Vote Continue reading Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870. Be prepared to discuss it on Thursday, March 2nd in class. Check out Reno’s Divorce History website March 2, 2017. The… MORE
February 14, 2017. Plains Warfare, Indian Reservations, and Boarding Schools *Turner, Frederick Jackson, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893) Dawes Act (1887) Luther Standing Bear on his experiences at Carlisle Indian School, 1933 Rules for Indian Schools, 1890 Stern, Alexandra E. “Reconstructing Approaches to America’s Indian Problem: Indian Policy in the Late… MORE
Central to Lola’s self-promotion was the dissemination of her image, primarily in the form of daguerreotypes and lithographs after daguerreotypes. Newspaper reviews and caricatures of her act circulated internationally, and her several sittings for daguerreotypes gave her a moderate sense of agency in constructing her portrait to counter her portrayal as lascivious in popular media. In these she demonstrated her oscillation between daring free-thinking associated with the frontier past of California and her understanding that she needed a façade of respectability to be tolerated by the reformers and civilizing forces increasing in 1853.