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What Is Oral History?


History is traditionally concerned with written sources of information. But what about the accounts, stories, and beliefs that have never been recorded? The tales of everyday people, servants, minorities, women, and others who lack money or prestige can be told through oral histories. Learn about the efforts made by oral historians in this vivid, timely, fully illustrated volume. By the end, readers will have enough of a grasp of the subject that they can arrange their own interviews and act to preserve what might otherwise be histories lost to time.

Series: Let's Find Out! Social Studies Skills

Interest Level: Grades 1-5

Guided Reading Level: K

Lexile Level: 890

ISBN: 9781508107057 (Print)  9781508106821 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2019

Pages:  32

"Because written history and artifacts don’t always tell the whole story, this entry in the Let’s Find Out! Social Studies Skills series (6 titles) introduces a growing research area: oral history. The thorough text explains why oral history is an especially important way to find out about slaves, those in poverty, minorities, women, and other groups of people whose histories were often not written down. Examples from the past, such as Native American stories recorded on wax cylinders in the 1890s, depict interesting ways oral histories were gathered and shared. The book also looks at modern oral histories and technology used to record them. Finally, the text gives interview strategies and incorporates a variety of photos, sidebars, and questions for added context. This resource will enliven what students consider historical research.” - Booklist

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