Extra Credit Oral History Project

If you are interested in a way to expand your knowledge of recent America History, you may create an Oral History Project worth up to 50 points of extra credit for semester 2. Points earned will be based on crafting insightful questions and being able to learn something immediate and interesting about the person you interview. I strongly suggest that you research some oral history projects to determine how to do Oral History well. You may interview a friend or family member who has personally experienced an historically significant event, such as fighting in a war, participating in a movement, living through the Great Depression, or serving in a public office. This project should generate an interesting story of someone’s life. A good interview should take at least twenty minutes.

The final project will be due on January 19. Be prepared to show me the questions you drafted and have them approved after break.

Here are some links to help you create some questions:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/wpaintro/wpahome.html  The WPA Folklore Project

http://www.doingoralhistory.org/ The American Century Project

http://www.loc.gov/vets/  The Veterans History Project

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/projects/suffragist/ Women’s Movement (with examples)

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