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ERIC Number: ED141256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May-30
Pages: 20
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Reference Count: 0
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Options in Education, Program No. 80, May 30, 1977. Learning from the Past: Oral History. Program Transcripts of a Weekly Series Broadcast by Member Stations of National Public Radio.
George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.; National Public Radio, Washington, DC.
The transcript of a National Public Radio "Options in Education" program explores the relationship of oral history to traditionally written, documented history. A number of kinds of oral history are discussed, such as folk telling, family interviews, social history, and sound portraits. Program staff interview a variety of individuals, including a 92-year-old pioneer from South Dakota, an author of an oral history of Jews in the South, a folksinger who finds oral history in songs about slavery, a native American whose French great-grandfather joined an Indian tribe, and an author of a book about attitudes of working class women. The transcript combines excerpts of interviews with these people with analytical remarks about the nature of oral history. Among the comments are that conventionally documented history represents only the well-educated sector of a population, whereas oral history allows any individual to express himself in a culture where one of the most oppressing sensations is being anonymous. Oral stories about one's past or one's family may not be entirely accurate or true, but the process of interviewing and talking is good because it promotes a personal interaction among the participants and it reawakens pride in one's ethnic background. (AV)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Corporation for Public Broadcasting, New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Inst. for Educational Leadership.; National Public Radio, Washington, DC.
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