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ERIC Number: ED363882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 22
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Oral History: A Voice for America.
Pass, Olivia McNeely
A singular means of blending the history, language arts, and journalism classes is by teaching oral history. By assigning students oral history projects, the teacher helps students place themselves within a living history in the United States. For example, Eliot Wigginton, a public high school English teacher in Rabun Gap, Georgia, whose classes started producing the "Foxfire" magazines in 1966, does not call his philosophy "whole language," but it is much the same. The teacher is facilitator, and the students learn by doing. Similarly, librarian Carol Cribbet-Bell created the Carrillo Heritage Center to preserve cultural materials and foster an understanding of the barrio in which her students lived. Roosevelt's New Deal Federal Writers Project is perhaps one of the largest attempts to record and publish the oral history of the masses. Oral history can appear as a local newspaper column on local history or a local radio station's "Voices from the Past." Oral history projects at universities, secondary schools, and in communities tape the stories of as many people as possible for historians of the future. Oral histories exist primarily as anthologies, not in the mass media world of newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. The incorporation of oral history in the mass media would move academic history closer to the social sciences. (Contains 36 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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