Oral History

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.

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