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ERIC Number: ED247173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
First-Person America: Voices from the Thirties. A Teacher's Guide.
Mehaffy, George
Social Education, v45 n6 p443-50 Oct 1981
This guide was designed to help secondary teachers use a series of radio programs based on the book, "First-Person America," an oral history collection derived in turn from a massive body of first-person accounts originally collected during the 1930's by the Federal Writer's Project. The series dramatizes the texture of everyday life in America during the era of the Great Depression and also during the nineteenth century, through the words of ordinary citizens. Men and women from a variety of regions, occupations, and ethnic groups were interviewed. Their stories were written down and they are spoken in the radio series by contemporary professional actors. The guide discusses how this new oral approach to history helps improve student attitudes toward the study of the past, presents tips for using the series, and provides suggestions for helping students learn to listen. The bulk of the guide contains a brief description of the narratives and study tips, including discussion questions, for each of the six programs comprising the radio series. A resource list for teachers concludes the guide. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: WGBH-TV, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: Depression (Economic 1929); Federal Writers Project; Nineteenth Century
Note: Photographs may not reproduce clearly. Radio programs available in audiotape through National Public Radio, 2025 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (Order No. SP-8001109, Parts 1 and 2, Order No. SP-8001123, Parts 3 and 4, SP-801207, Parts 5 and 6--$11.95 each). Book available from Random House Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Westminister, MD 21157 ($13.95 hard cover, $5.95 paperback).