For a variety of reasons, the study and teaching of both United States history in general and the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in particular should be thriving in Canada more than in other nations. Geographic proximity and shared language would advance this probability, even if the pervasive presence of American mass media did not. For students in Canadian colleges and universities, a combination of exposure to American doings through television and little prior academic opportunity to explore the history of the United States often whets an appetite for study at the post-secondary level. Interest in the GAPE arises — if for no other reason — from the fact that during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, both Canadians and Americans witnessed the emergence of corporate capitalism as a, perhaps the, principal shaper of their societies. At the last count in December 2001, Canada contained the largest concentration of H-SHGAPE subscribers outside the United States (25).
After a quarter-century immersed in U.S. alcohol and temperance history, Jack Blocker is now studying African-American migration and urbanization during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Booze history, however, will not let him go: he is also co-editing Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, for ABC-CLIO. He is a member of the Department of History at Huron University College, University of Western Ontario.