"I would advise you when You do fight Not to act like Tygers and Bears as these Virginians do - Biting one anothers Lips and Noses off, and gowging one another - that is, thrusting out one anothers Eyes, and kicking one another on the Cods, to the Great damage of many a Poor Woman." Thus, Charles Woodmason, an itinerant Anglican minister born of English gentry stock, described the brutal form of combat he found in the Virginia backcountry shortly before the American Revolution. Although historians are more likely to study people thinking, governing, worshiping, or working, how men fight -- who participates, who observes, which rules are followed, what is at stake, what tactics are allowed - reveals much about past cultures and societies."Gouge and Bite, Pull Hair and Scratch" The Social Significance of Fighting in the Southern Backcountry [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Apr 1, 2013 -
Television Without Pity
re-capper Jacob Clifton
has written a short steampunk story for Tor.com. “There’s a level on which the story is an indictment of using steampunk as a fashion or trend. It came about because I wanted to see what would happen if you substituted Jane Austen for Jules Verne in the steampunk equation...” The Commonplace Book
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 2, 2012 -
The Klondike Gold Rush
, the last great gold rush of the 19th century.
On August 16, 1896 huge quantities of gold was found in the remote Yukon region of Canada
. Word spread slowly, until eleven months later, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle
from Dawson with "more than a ton of gold". Within six months, approximately 100,000 gold-seekers set off on the perilous journey north
to the Yukon. Only 30,000 completed the trip.
Resources: Eric A. Hegg's photograph's
of the gold rush, stories
from the gold rush, women
of the gold rush, Klondike Gold Rush Historical Database
, info and teaching resources
(warning: annoying frames), links
, Librarians' Internet Index
posted by MetaMonkey
on Jun 27, 2006 -
Poppin' Fresh from the newly launched QueerMeta
community weblog: We'Wha: The Zuni Man-Woman
. How could a six-foot tall Indian man be mistaken for a "maiden" and a "princess"?
This was no Pocahontas! Even more intriguing is the relationship
between Stevenson and We'wha. According to one gossip, "she" regularly
entered the ladies rooms and boudoirs of Washington. How could
Stevenson not know that her intelligent Zuni informant was really, in
the words of one gossip, a "bold, bad man"?
More about the 'berdaches' of the Zuni [ 1
]. Google cache of last (Geocities) link here.
posted by taz
on Mar 10, 2004 -