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ERIC Number: ED035676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 8
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Oral History and the Black Studies Program.
Simmons, Henry E.
Black Studies means an indepth investigation of the Black Experience. Without oral history methods, this will be prostituted to mean a superficial view of opinions set forth by white society. All the broad areas of Black scholarship must begin to relate to the problems of capturing the life of the race on tape and retaining it for posterity. Oral history holds that what is of importance is what actors believed the truth to be at the moment they made their moves. To determine this, one must obtain first-hand reports from the actors as well as the observers in order to determine their ideas concerning the causes of the event and the course it took. For example, a survey conducted by Chicago State College in the spring and summer of 1967, dealing with the Black community, intergroup relations, labor, intracity migration, and religious institutions produced data leading to an interpretation of those topics which could have never been arrived at in any other way. (JM)
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