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Edwardian New Yorkers views on contraception and abortion

I recently read a novel which made me curious about attitudes toward contraception and abortion in the Edwardian United States, in particularly in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Phlogiston on Dec 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Rockwell a subversive artist?

I seem to remember reading somewhere, or possibly listening to a story on NPR, which talked about Norman Rockwell being a subversive artist. The tone was of a researcher having talked to his contemporaries and concluding that Rockwell was in a way being ironic or sarcastic in his paintings. I also vaguely remember hearing/reading that there were small clues in some of his paintings indicating this. Any help finding more information on this? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Dec 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Who were the members of the council of Laodicea?

I am looking for a list of people that participated (the people actually voting) in the Council of Laodicea. Any books or papers that detail their life would be beneficial as well.
posted by bigmusic on Dec 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Once upon a time in the ancient civilizations, there were...uh...

Ancient Civilizations Crash Course: I have to teach a course beginning in February...and I don't know anything! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 - 20 answers

Hey, the grafitti on the rooftop of 111 S. Anderson, is the most creative in town!

What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Dec 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Sounds out of Place

I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

The Evolution of Religion

Is there an evolutionary family tree for religions? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Dec 6, 2008 - 9 answers

A Red/Blue maps for Canada?

Are there any Canadian federal election maps out there, coloring each federal riding by the winning party? I am thinking something like the Red/Blue coloring that is often done in the US (like this), but preferably something with intermediate colors (like this). [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Dec 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Examples of Onlne Archives that Allow Users to Add Metadata?

I am looking for examples of online history archives that allow users to tag, annotate, and otherwise attach information to items in the collection. I know about Footnote.com where users may add annotations, dates, names, and searchable text to documents. I know about the Flickr Library of Congress photostream. What other examples should I know about before my institution embarks on a similar project? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Dec 1, 2008 - 10 answers

Are those nuns still a health hazard?

Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Nov 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Unidentified Coats of Arms on a 16th C. Map

Curious coats of arms on a 16th century map-- can you help with identification and significance? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Nov 30, 2008 - 16 answers

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction?

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Nov 28, 2008 - 55 answers

Is there a book on the history of the crossword?

My girlfriend is mildly addicted to cryptic crosswords. She’s also mad about History. Is there a book available that combines the two? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney on Nov 25, 2008 - 12 answers

What did 19th century prostitutes use for birth control?

What sort of birth control did old-timey prostitutes use? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher on Nov 21, 2008 - 29 answers

I can haz oral historiez cat? Lolstudz

I'd like to get as many hours of Studs Terkel interviewing or just talking as I possibly can. On MP3. For free or very cheap. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Nov 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Those little guys in a cartoon--what are they called?

Is there a generic name for the small figures that political cartoonists used to put in the foreground of their cartoons? Often they were of the artist himself (like Tom Toles at his easel here) , or sometimes a repeated character, and they would offer additional commentary on the subject of the cartoon. Is there a name for those little guys?
posted by LarryC on Nov 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Books about Queen Victoria?

What excellent books/films about Queen Victoria and her reign can you recommend? I'm not looking for exhaustive histories so must as highly readable/watchable ones.
posted by prior on Nov 19, 2008 - 9 answers

Semi-Abandoned Ship in Seattle? Santos, maybe?

Can anyone tell me anything about this abandoned looking ship named the "Santos" by the foundry and concrete plant in south Seattle? [more inside]
posted by stet on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for films and books on Agitprop

Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 15, 2008 - 1 answer

Automatically remove certain items in Firefox history?

How can I arrange it so that my Firefox history is automatically purged of sites of a certain domain like imdb.com or facebook.com? [more inside]
posted by sittered on Nov 14, 2008 - 7 answers

15th century France military-nobility complex

I'd appreciate help with some terms from 14-16c (apx) France. The translations don't tell me about the social hierarchy or give any context. Thanks for any help you can give here. Or point me to an English-language explanation. Here goes: guidon, marechal, chevalier, seigneur, ecuyer. licencie en droit, chatellenie. sieur, chambellan, sire, noble homme. Sorry for lack of accents.
posted by sevenstars on Nov 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Scholarship on why some dictatorships last and others don't?

Has anyone recommend any excellent books or articles analyzing why (and how) dictatorship can maintain itself some places, but is successfully challenged and overthrown by more democratic forces elsewhere?
posted by shivohum on Nov 11, 2008 - 9 answers

How come we don't have another Einstein of our era?

How come we don't have another Einstein of our era? [more inside]
posted by rintako on Nov 10, 2008 - 32 answers

Seeking books where history rhymes

Looking for books comparing and contrasting history as it rhymes but doesn't repeat. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Nov 9, 2008 - 0 answers

Just who came up with Rex the Wonder Dog, anyway?

I'm looking to learn more about the history of the comic book industry. [more inside]
posted by the bricabrac man on Nov 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Best stories about Valley Forge

I am looking for the best, most powerful, most engaging stuff on the internets about the Valley Forge encampment. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 7, 2008 - 2 answers

How can I find out what my early-20th-century apartment likely looked like when it was first built?

I want to know what my apartment looked like when my great-grandparents' generation was living in it! I'm looking for web-based answers and pictures rather than wordy descriptions that would require a library visit if possible. [more inside]
posted by purplecurlygirl on Nov 7, 2008 - 13 answers

You did what with the rugby team??

I need some articles about being aware of things that you post on social networking sites. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Your wife is nuts!

In 1960, what level of confidentiality could a woman going to a psychiatrist expect in terms of her husband? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Nov 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for a historical US atlas

Can you recommend a good historical atlas of the United States? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Nov 3, 2008 - 1 answer

Old Chaplin Film reel, need ID help

I have an old film reel of a chaplin silent movie, but need help getting an id on the type of film, millimeter measurement and the name of the movie... [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Nov 1, 2008 - 5 answers

One order of Tabula Rasa, please.

Help me cover my trail in both Firefox and Explorer, please! [more inside]
posted by jildelicious on Oct 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles?

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 29, 2008 - 25 answers

Documentary equivelants of informative history/science books?

Looking for good documentaries that are truly informative (i.e. a kind of textbook in movie format). What are the best documentaries you've seen that left you much more informed about basic history and human knowledge? [more inside]
posted by the other side on Oct 28, 2008 - 28 answers

Freemasons and early america?

Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Historical Poll Data Repository?

Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
posted by lore on Oct 24, 2008 - 6 answers

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2008 - 1 answer

Parlez-vous Histoire?

What are some good books in English about French history and culture? [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Oct 20, 2008 - 11 answers

When did you need to get off my lawn?

What is the origin of the phrase "[you] damn kids get off my lawn!" [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Oct 17, 2008 - 21 answers

Help me read the Bible

I've never read the Bible, and I'd like to. Which version should I read and what resources are good ones to help me understand and historically contextualize what I'm reading?
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 16, 2008 - 25 answers

Ancient Minneapolis drinking history

Anybody have a clue what the "Whale of a Drink" at the long-gone Moby Dick's bar in downtown Minneapolis was? was it a cocktail? Or did they just mean that you would get super, super drunk there, which I've heard was true. If it was a drink, anyone have a clue what the hell it was?
posted by Astro Zombie on Oct 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Gilded Age Scandals

Scandals Of the Last Century? Does anyone know of strange stories, remarkable escapes, unbelievable coincidences, and headline-grabbing scandals from about 1880-1905? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Intelligent podcasts for my cubicle dwelling mom?

Help me keep my mom from going insane at her work! She has a boring sit-at-the-computer all day job, with crazy coworkers. Her work banned downloading and streaming media, so I helped her pick a simple 2 gig mp3 player. She listens to BBC streams, and I helped her find rss feeds for the relevant podcasts. Now she's all set up with Google Reader and a few feeds, and wants more. Trouble is I don't know what to recommend... [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Sep 30, 2008 - 21 answers

what made ancient canaan special?

Why was Canaan/Palestine/Israel such desired territory in ancient times? I'm talking before Jerusalem became an important holy site. Is it just because the area was situated between other important civilizations and was therefore a trading hub? It doesnt seem like it was exactly rich in natural resources. Also, why did Jerusalem end up being the capitol of the Kingdom of Israel instead of someplace like Jaffa which seems to be a more convenient location for trade?
posted by minicloud on Sep 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

In short, What are the best books (especially books), movies or other media about Vietnam that you know of? (Including the French War.) [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Sep 22, 2008 - 33 answers

New York Subway Fiction Suggestions

LiteratureFilter: Yo metafilterland. I'm on a quest for two things: literary representations of the new york city subway, the more personal and sensorial the better, and literary representations of a new york city without subways, circa before 1904. Non-fiction and suggestions are welcome as well, as are examples that use less stringent definitions of "text" (film, song lyrics, dance etc).
posted by billtron on Sep 22, 2008 - 21 answers

Witches, Wizards, and the American Civil War

What was going on with the occult and belief in the supernatural in Civil War-era America? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Sep 18, 2008 - 18 answers


Where can I find information about the history of Chinatown in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 17, 2008 - 3 answers

A coherent, succinct history of the failures of the Bush Administration

Help me rationally and calmly document the Bush administration to a friend who thinks history will hold it in "high regard"? [more inside]
posted by idb on Sep 14, 2008 - 34 answers

Which restaurants were in the Stardust Hotel in 1989?

Which restaurants were in the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in/around 1989, and what was the Stardust like at the time? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Sep 8, 2008 - 3 answers

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