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What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

An engaging history of Deadwood, South Dakota?

My dad loved the series Deadwood. He also loves biography and historical non-fiction books. I would like to give him an interesting history of Deadwood for Christmas but not necessarily one connected with the show (which seems to be most of them). Any recommendations?
posted by torisaur on Dec 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Recommendations for New Orleans?

I'm going to New Orleans in a few days to cover a conference for a client. I will be going a half day early and staying an extra ~2 days more. I have limited time to do research, and do plan to go through the archives and NYT recommendation article. However, I was hoping to dig up any recommendations as to other things to see/check out when I'm there, and this seems to be an easy way to do so. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Dec 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Recorded history...What's a good way to approach studying it?

My local news can barely report stories accurately when they happen on the same day, in the same town. How can I trust the validity of information that's been whispered-down-the-lane for decades, centuries or millenia? And if history isn't intended to be entirely factual, then what are we supposed to be gaining by studying it? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Nov 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Were/are the Taliban pro or anti-poppy? Why?

Sounds simple, but we were wondering because in 2000 for religious reasons they cut opium production and we're curious where they stand.
posted by glaucon on Nov 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Welcome back

Congress readmitted several Southern states to the Union in an “Omnibus Bill” it passed on June 28, 1868. Where can I find the text online?
posted by LonnieK on Nov 27, 2013 - 4 answers

How much did 19th century climbers know about their gear's limitations?

If you were the average climber/mountaineer in the mid-to-late 19th century, how aware were you that your gear was basically crap in terms of providing protection from falls? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Nov 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Are we there yet? 17th Century Version.

How long did it take to sail from the Americas to England in 1609? And vice versa? [more inside]
posted by Big_B on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there an English version of these German publications

On the weekend I discovered a great series of German magazines/publications: Karfunkel, especially the Karfunkel Combat series. I know my son would love this stuff, but his German is super basic. So is there an English magazine series anything like these? [more inside]
posted by Megami on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

how do you find / hire a researcher (for a freelance project)?

I am looking for one or more professionals to find interesting moments in the history of one of the detroit car makers. someone who can i.e. provide me with information out of which I can make interesting "on this day in 1952, this happened" articles. how should I go about finding the right person for this project? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 21, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I best preserve and distribute pre-digital manuscripts?

I have inherited several memoirs and other paper documents produced by family members before the digital age made document creation, storage, and dissemination so easy and extensive. What's the best way to make sure these documents survive and are accessible to those who might be interested in them? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Nov 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Why are there multiple versions of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address?

In short, the "Question Title" provides my question... Why are there multiple versions of the Gettysburg Address? [more inside]
posted by matty on Nov 19, 2013 - 7 answers

History Trivia

I'm writing a trivia game for a birthday party. What are events from the 1950s through today that 60 yr olds would have a good grasp of that I would miss out on just by scanning through wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Tell me about the history of unusually same sex dancing!

I just caught a scene from the 1953 film Stalag 17. In it, some WW2 prisoners of war hold a dance, and for obvious reasons, half the male dancers are following. Can anyone help me fill in the imaginary back story as if I were watching this film in 1953? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Nov 19, 2013 - 11 answers

What are some good books on the history of LGBT rights movement?

I really want to find out more about the history and progress of LGBT rights. Namely, early forms and social codes to express homosexuality, the civil rights movements and how psychology viewed before and now, and what led to finally removing homosexuality as a disorder from the DSM. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 19, 2013 - 13 answers

From Dixons to Nixon

I'm interested in learning more about late 20th century American history and politics, particularly the Cold War, Watergate and Nixon. What books, fiction or non-fiction, can you recommend to a non-American? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Nov 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Real propaganda?

Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

What jobs were unique to the Renaissance era? And Colonial America?

Obviously innkeeper, bartender, tailor, etc. were jobs of both of those eras (and virtually all other eras, including our own.) But I am trying to figure out jobs that only existed in these two specific eras (Renaissance and Colonial). The sort of thing I am looking for: ie. specific jobs for specific eras: atilliators (who made crossbows in the middle ages); lamplighters; and "board boys" (who manually posted stock quotes in brokerages in the early 1900's. ) [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 15, 2013 - 29 answers

Can you identify the group playing this ancient pagan Slavic music?

Music buffs of the Eastern European, pre-Christian/pagan and generally history-oriented sort: I stumbled upon a youtube video of what, as far as I can make out, is a group performing ancient pagan Slavic music. Fascinating stuff and I want more of it. Can anyone help me identify the group? Are there other groups like this? Thanks!
posted by tidecat on Nov 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Weekend Civil War Roadtrip around the SE US?

We'd like to take a three-to-four day road trip originating and terminating in Atlanta, focusing on Civil War history this weekend. Looking for suggestions on sites and itinerary ideas. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

How to delete only one site from Chrome history

So my problem is that I sometimes stalk people on facebook - come on, I'm not the only one -.- - but don't want some people/things I checked on facebook to appear in my omnisearch bar in Chrome. So I tried to go to history to delete/clear only facebook data but apparently you can't select all facebook history at once and delete it. It might take a long time if I were to select each individual item to delete. Is there a simple way to do this?
posted by iliketothinknu on Nov 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Je veux lire de l'histoire française

I'm in the middle of In Search of Lost Time. It's interesting me in French history. It's better to learn about it from non-fiction, though, since Proust mixes real figures and facts with ones he made up. What good books are there about any period of French history between 1789 and, say, 1939? Popular or academic books are fine, and they don't have to concern themselves with wars, arms races, and treaties, either. Cultural histories are good.
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Nov 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Did Charles Babbage ever read Leibniz on logic?

Charles Babbage was a prominent member of the Analytical Society, and was at the very least intimately familiar with Leibniz's formulation of calculus. But did he ever read Leibniz's writings on logic? Did the Ars Combinatoria, or any of his writings on the "universal characteristic" or "calculus ratiocinator" influence Babbage's thinking about computation?
posted by wobdev on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Which coin is most plentiful?

Of all coined currencies in histories, which in their day, or today (kinda two part question) were the most plentiful? Not used in transactions but just physically existed, minted minus lost.
posted by Samineru on Nov 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Who is in this painting?

Who is in this painting?
posted by czytm on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Beyond the Berlin Trilogy

Seeking recommendations on media--books (novels and nonfiction), movies, music, maybe even documentaries--on life in Berlin during the 1980s and 1990s. I'm especially interested in the punk scene and any other counter cultural groups through this time period. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 26, 2013 - 12 answers

20th Century Syllabus

You're teaching a massive survey course on the history of the 20th Century. What books are on the syllabus, in what order? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Oct 25, 2013 - 20 answers

19th century "magic squares" from India. What?

I went to an exhibit of historic swords today and read the following inscription: . . . the blade also carries the name of the craftsman . . . a magic square for protection, and blah blah. The sword in question is from the Talpur rulers of Sind[h], in what is now known as Pakistan, and is from the 19th century. I'm just really curious about these protective magic squares, and am hoping there is someone out there who can tell me something about them and/or show some examples. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 20, 2013 - 6 answers

...and my father's father before him.

How far does genealogy go back in different countries/cultures? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Oct 16, 2013 - 30 answers

Glamorous Cairo of the 1920s. Visual references, please?

Help! I need to know what high society Cairo looks like in the 1920s - the sophisticated, opulent, and fashionable - people and settings. More parties and interiors than architecture. It's really important that the references be of Egyptian people, not travelers visiting from abroad bringing their own style with them. But, if it was fashionable for the well-heeled to import furniture and clothing styles from Europe, that's important too. What does a party look like, and how would it differ from a party set in Paris or London? The things that are different are the things that are important. My best resource so far is the Egyptian Royalty pool on Flickr. That and Indiana Jones is all I've got. It's for a painting. Thanks!
posted by Lou Stuells on Oct 15, 2013 - 6 answers

What does Atul Gawande read?

What comes next after popular medical non-fiction? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Oct 13, 2013 - 18 answers

What are these aerospace vehicles in storage at the Boneyard?

What are the 13 aerospace vehicles in storage at "the boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Oct 9, 2013 - 13 answers

How is the US Civil War taught in schools not in the USA?

I was watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War last night, and found myself wondering how this particular conflict is taught in schools outside the US. If you were raised outside the United States and remember learning about the US Civil War in school, what do you remember? I would love to hear about your experience.
posted by juniperesque on Oct 7, 2013 - 46 answers

English speaking countries history

I want to get a firmer grasp of the English-speaking countries history. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Creative uses for old cut stones (blank tombstones)?

My house was built in 1890. When I had foundation work done several years ago, the workers dug out a lot of dirt from under my house, and in that dirt they found a bunch of cut and carved stones - pure white marble, limestone, and granite. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Oct 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Origin of Los Angeles street names?

I'm looking for a resource that lists Los Angeles city street names and their origin/namesake. There's an old Angelfire site that does exactly what I'm looking for, but only for a few major streets. Where can I find information similar to what that site offers, but for lesser-known streets?
posted by averageamateur on Oct 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Detroit historical tour of area where 1967 riot took place?

Over the last decade, I've heard many rumours of informative guided tours, of groups and individuals, BY groups and individuals, of the area destroyed during the 1967 riots in Detroit. I have always wanted to go, and am now trying to plan something with a friend the weekend of October 12th. The only solid lead I had, an elderly history buff and longtime Detroit resident who had given tours to family friends in the past, is no longer giving tours, and google doesn't list any tours with this particular theme. I am very much hoping someone here can help!
posted by Acer_saccharum on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Need some new nature documentaries.

I love nature documentaries (good ones), but I'm all out and need some recommendations. More inside for what I like, and what I've seen. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Who was that guy?

I know Walter Benjamin treasured a drawing by Paul Klee, Angelus Novus (angel of history).. So much so that he wrote about it in his essay "Theses on the Philosophy of History". [more inside]
posted by Mister Bijou on Sep 27, 2013 - 2 answers

What was it like to be in college on 9/11/2001?

What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 26, 2013 - 103 answers

Most enjoyable books for the world history neophyte

My wife & I share an interest in history, but where I had a succession of quite good history teachers, she did not. We're many years out of college now, but she wants to broaden her knowledge through (relatively) easy reads. [more inside]
posted by Z. Aurelius Fraught on Sep 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Great histories of Boston and/or the American Revolution?

I recently moved to the Boston area, and realized that I don't know anything about it, or the main period that it's famous for. Please recommend me some non-fiction page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Queer Country on a Motorcycle

Please help me think of historical LGBT locations in the United States. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Sep 17, 2013 - 18 answers

What to read while travelling Northern Germany?

Can you recommend an intelligent, entertaining book about the Hanseatic League? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for a good historical overview of life in the US from 1945-1950

auto-mats, greyhound buses, Pan-Am, radio, TV etc. Pop culture and day-to-day life. A book with lots of pictures would be ideal.
posted by Dag Maggot on Sep 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Music Education Filter: "The History of Recorded Music" for Grades 3-8?

I'm brainstorming a volunteer presentation to give in schools on "The History of Recorded Audio". Probably 2 or 3 45-minute sessions. Has anyone written or presented something similar? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 answers

[Book Recommendation Filter] A comprehensive history of Savile Row

I'm looking for book recommendations for thorough, engaging, and rigorous histories of Savile Row tailoring and/or books that talk about the history and philosophy of fine men's tailoring and dress. I'm not averse to books with technical information, as well as historical and cultural information. Thank you!
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Sep 15, 2013 - 4 answers

What World War II-era technology is this?

A friend of mine found this picture of his grandmother working at Westinghouse Air Brake (or possibly Union Switch and Signal?) in the early 1940s and is trying to identify what she is working on. [more inside]
posted by mkb on Sep 13, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I take a digital copy of a very old photo stuck into a locket?

I have a very old photo of a family member, Edward Mackintosh, who died during the First World War in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster. As far as I know it is the one remaining photo of him. Sadly it is in very poor condition. It is in a locket (photo) and has adhered to the glass. We're fairly certain that it isn't glued, but it has been worn my my Mum for many years and has suffered dampness and perfume etc, which has caused it to stick. I'd really like to take a good quality (or best possible) scan of the photo to give to my Grandfather. Is there any way to achieve this? Ideally I'd remove the photo from the glass so I could take it to a local photo shop for scanning. But if that's the wrong approach I'm happy to take advice!
posted by ElliotH on Sep 13, 2013 - 13 answers

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