Palgrave Studies in Oral History

Speaking History

Oral Histories of the American Past, 1865-Present

Authors: Armitage, S.

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This oral history reader, designed to supplement texts on the second half of the U.S. history survey, features the words of ordinary people who describe how they shaped, viewed, and remembered American history.

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"Speaking History is an invaluable contribution to a distinguished series. It stands alone as a testament to how oral history narratives can complicate and enrich our understanding of the past. It also serves as an ideal companion to surveys of American history, plunging readers into the lives of everyday historical actors and challenging them to see themselves as agents of history as well. The voices are compelling and wonderfully well chosen. The book is ingeniously organized. The text is sweeping in scope and intricate in detail; yet the editors guide us through 150 years of American history with authority and grace." - Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Spruill Professor of History, Director of the Southern Oral History Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This work beautifully bridges the gap between book-driven history and field-driven history. In five chronological sections, covering 1865-2000, compilers Armitage and Mercier adeptly integrate the narrator's personal reflections and experiences with a crucial historical theme, event, or movement. Oral histories are excellent at humanizing specific times, events, incidents, or groups, but one that integrates firsthand, oral, historical observations with conventional history over the broad sweep of the 1865-2000 period is rare. Armitage and Mercier do this masterfully. Covering the major themes of race, labor, immigration, migration, gender, civil rights, leisure, war, and the economy in concise and contextualized sections, these scholars have created a truly exciting, useful book for undergraduates to learn about U.S. history and understand it from the inside out. Essential." - CHOICE

"Speaking History is a well-organized anthology that will be useful to academics as well as an interesting read for lay historians and the general public." - Sound Historian


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Speaking History
Book Subtitle
Oral Histories of the American Past, 1865-Present
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10491-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-230-10491-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7782-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7783-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 200
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