Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

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Jane Jacobs
Drawings of Jane Jacobs in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Jane Jacobs is a famous urbanist and writer whose views of city living has inspired architects, philosophers, and urban planners worldwide. She is known for her book, written in 1961, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. She argues that urban renewal - a common planning policy in US cities - was damaging to the everyday city dweller.

She was involved in local activism in New York to protest planned slum clearance and development projects. She was arrested in 1968 for protesting a proposed expressway through lower Manhattan, a proposal which was later cancelled. Jane Jacobs was often criticized for lacking in credentials but is also considered a force for ground up urban activism.

Jane Jacobs had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Jane Jacobs is a famous urbanist and writer whose views of city living has inspired architects, philosophers, and urban planners worldwide. She is known for her book, written in 1961, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. She argues that urban renewal was damaging to the everyday urban life.

Jane Jacobs had a height of 5’9” (1.75 m).

Jane Jacobs
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Death: April 25, 2006 (aged 89)

Birthday
May 4, 1916

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Jane Jacobs front (young), side (young), front (elderly), side (elderly)

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Elizabeth Taylor
Collection of drawings of Elizabeth Taylor in various poses measured with overall height

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. Born in London to American parents, she moved with her family in 1939 to Los Angeles. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She was offered $1 million dollars (a record for the time) to star in Cleopatra, opposite Richard Burton. They began an affair during filming, and subsequently married, divorced, married and divorced again. They are considered a great love story. Elizabeth Taylor was married seven times. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

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February 27, 1932

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Elizabeth Taylor front, posing (side), side (casual)

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Ronald Reagan
Collection of drawings of Ronald Reagan in various standing postures with height measurement

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his move into politics, he served in the US military and also had a film career, later becoming the President of the Screen Actors Guild. He became President in 1981. He is considered, alongside Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, as a key influencer of modern Conservatism, his policies paving the way for the economic system of today. His legacy is often widely debated. Ronald Regan was married to Nancy Reagan, and they had a famously close and loving relationship. Ronald Reagan died from complications related to Alzheimer’s in 2004.

Ronald Reagan was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Ronald Reagan served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his move into politics, he served in the US military and also had a film career, later becoming the President of the Screen Actors Guild. He became President in 1981.

Ronald Reagan was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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40th President

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Ronald Reagan standing, waving, walking (thumbs up)

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Malcolm X
Collection of drawings of Malcolm X measured with overall height

Malcolm X was an American muslim minister and human rights activist who became well known during the civil rights movement. In his youth, he was involved in petty crime but it was during his time in prison he became aware of the work of the Nation of Islam and subsequently joined their organization. He became the public face of the group during the civil rights movement. His ideas created controversy; he advocated for racial segregation and disagreed with Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent activist tactics. He was assassinated in 1965 by members of the Nation of Islam, whilst speaking at a rally in New York City. Mystery still clouds the reason for his murder. Malcolm X is considered one of the most influential Americans of all time.

Malcolm X was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Malcolm X was an American muslim minister and human rights activist who became well known during the civil rights movement. His ideas created controversy; he advocated for racial segregation and disagreed with Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent activist tactics.

Malcolm X was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

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Birthday: May 19, 1925

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Malcolm X talking (front), reading (front), praying (front)

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Set of illustrations of Martin Luther King Jr. in various poses measured with overall height

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian minister and civil rights activist. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929, and grew up witnessing the racial inequality present in society. He became a Christian Minister, and then a leader of the civil rights movement. He is known for his advocacy of nonviolent forms of civil disobedience. He helped organize the Selma to Montogomery marches, a series of three protests promoting voting rights for African-Americans. In 1964, Martin Luther King  Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. He was assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray - there has been much speculation about FBI involvement in his death.

Martin Luther King Jr. was 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian minister and civil rights activist. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up witnessing the racial inequality present in society. He is known for his advocacy of nonviolent forms of civil disobedience.

Martin Luther King Jr. was 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

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Birthday: January 15, 1929

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Martin Luther King Jr. front, side (formal), walking (front)

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