Oral History

August 22nd, 2012

This course provides an introduction to oral history as a research method. We will explore how oral history and narration of the past generates distinctive information about people’s lives and social change. We will examine the ways in which memory and identity are continually made and re-made in relation to social, cultural, political, and historical change. In examining how people narrate their lived experiences and memories, we will inquire into how they are simultaneously personal and collective. Students will receive training in oral history methods for preparing, conducting, and analyzing interviews. Students will conduct oral history interviews for the course. In addition, this course will explore how oral history can generate information about the United States home front during World War II. This course is an elective in the History Major.

Reading for October 29, 2012

October 22nd, 2012

These are the selections from The War in American Culture that we will be reading for class on October 29.

Introduction, Erenberg and Hirsch
Chapter 1, Duis
Chapter 3, May
Chapter 4, Gerstle
Chapter 5, Tyler May

Links to Information on Apps for Audio Recording

October 10th, 2012