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ERIC Number: EJ1002100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Interviewing the "Lost Generation" from Prince Edward County's Closed School Era
Stiff-Williams, Helen; Sturtz, John P.
Social Education, v76 n2 p77-81 Mar-Apr 2012
A typical U.S. high school student today might be able to recite some milestones of civil rights history--the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56; the Freedom Rides of 1961; and (some would add) the election of the first African American president in 2008. But how many students understand that these events, which historians call out as milestones, were reflections of struggles that ordinary citizens were waging in cities and small towns across the United States over decades? And how many students are aware that some of these "ordinary citizens" were young people? An oral history project is one way to expose students to this bigger picture of the civil rights movement. This paper discusses how to conduct an oral history project as demonstrated by the Robert Russa Moton Museum's Save Our History project. The students involved researched their community history by seeking out members of the "lost generation" (youth affected by Prince Edward County's closed school era, 1959-64) and interviewing them. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education