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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

DCFilter

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

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: Where is He Now

Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
posted by luriete on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Songs about the past...

MixCD filter: Acro's comment in this post sparked an idea. And so now I am seeking songs about specific historic events. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Sep 2, 2008 - 40 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

Books whose title is a specific year?

Looking for popular history books whose title is or starts with a specific year - 1776, 1491, 69 A.D., etc. A subtitle after the year is fine, but the title needs to start with a specific date. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Aug 24, 2008 - 28 answers

History of the Great Depression?

What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Aug 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Any battle where there were no survivors?

Any battle where there were no survivors? Last two men standing kill each other as well? History preferred, literature accepted.
posted by IndigoJones on Aug 22, 2008 - 24 answers

What's the worst part of being an archivist?

I'm thinking of going back to school to study public history, but I'm not sure what angle yet. Tell me all the juicy (read: horrible) details about being an archivist. The stuff I'm not likely to get from schools or job descriptions.
posted by Roman Graves on Aug 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Mongol Nazis?!

A friend of mine has just returned from Mongolia and was describing roving mad-max style gangs of men using Nazi symbols, with apparently limited understanding of their meaning in the west. Where can I read more about Mongolian Nazis? Is this really prevalent? How did they come to hear about Nazis in the first place? Do they get along with western neo-nazis (despite being ethnically Mongolian)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Aug 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Gifts for new NYC-er and future journalist

Care package ideas for a new journalism grad student and New Yorker- [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Aug 14, 2008 - 12 answers

ZomBay Critical Mass

AquaticNecromancyFilter: Combined, the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley employ about 3500 uniformed police officers. Do they outnumber the army that could be raised by dark magic from the floor of the San Francisco Bay? Approximately how many entire sets of human skeletal remains are there in that body of water, considering disasters, shipwrecks, bridge jumpers, tidal movement of sediment, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 13, 2008 - 21 answers

A good book on Irish History?

Any recommendations on books covering Irish history? [more inside]
posted by Dennis Murphy on Aug 11, 2008 - 13 answers

A glass darkly

When and why did it become the convention that blind people would wear dark glasses? Would the purpose be to hide the eyes or to act as a signifier of blindness? Is it something that is done less these days and what are the reasons why?
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland?

Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland? The question title says it all, except maybe to clarify: not looking for authors from Cork so much as stories about or set in Cork. Even better if it's something that is likely to be on the shelves at a book store in the US. Thanks.
posted by quarterframer on Aug 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Cultural history of 1920s-1930s Japan?

Help me find a book on Japanese life and culture in the early part of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 4, 2008 - 10 answers

History ---> Cash

1) Get BA in beloved liberal arts field 2) ??? 3) Profit? Help me balance my desire for a degree in History with my desire to earn a decent living for myself. [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Jul 29, 2008 - 33 answers

What's in a name?

I'm thinking of buying a book like this as a gift. Anyone have any personal experience with this "Our Name in History" series of books? Are they any good?
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Switzerland in 1817

ObscureHistoryFilter: Any pointers to resources about how Switzerland was like in 1817? What was life like? What was the political and economic situation? What technology was around? I'm trying to create a Call of Cthulhu campaign based in that place and time, and I'm trying to be as realistic as possible (aside from the cosmic horrors). [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Jul 25, 2008 - 11 answers

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India?

African American deserter in WWII that lead a tribe in India? [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Jul 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Pasta la vista, baby!

Why the long noodle? [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Jul 21, 2008 - 16 answers

Stories about WWI/WWII home fronts

Please recommend me some great books about the home front during WWI or WWII. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jul 21, 2008 - 26 answers

200 Years of State History on $0.00 (in useful materials) a Day!

I need lesson plan ideas for Washington State History. It's a summer school class with three weeks left, three hours per day... and a number of odd and annoying constraints. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jul 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Looking for books about history of technologies

Looking for good books on the history of technologies. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 16, 2008 - 17 answers

Alternate geological histories

I was wondering if anyone has explored the notions of alternate geological history, i.e. different continents to the ones we know, and the mechanisms by which they might have arisen? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Jul 14, 2008 - 11 answers

How to argue against nationalism

HistoryFilter: What popular historical myths are there about Portuguese and English History? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Jul 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Great, absorbing books and films showing life in different times and places

I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 answers

You have a Shaker Knowldege Gift

Good books on Shaker history? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

How did pre-industrial leather tanning work?

AskMe Reference Desk: Pre-industrial production and trade of leather and leather goods - how did it work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jul 6, 2008 - 5 answers

What did pre-Enlightenment geekery look like?

I write software for a living. Assuming this is due to some confluence of skills and interests, what job(s) would I be qualified for if I'd been born in the year 1,000?
posted by sonofslim on Jul 4, 2008 - 20 answers

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