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Global Diasporas: Contemporary African and Caribbean Migration: Oral Histories and Primary Sources

This is a basic guide for doing library and Internet research on Global Diasporas: Contemporary African and Caribbean Migration for AFRCNA 1201 AND AFRCNA 0385/HIST 0521

Oral History


What Is Oral History?


Oral history is the systematic collection of people's testimony about their own experiences. Oral historians attempt to verify their findings, analyze them, and place them in an accurate historical context. Oral historians are also concerned with storage of their findings for use by later scholars.

In oral history projects, an interviewee recalls an event for an interviewer who records  the recollections and creates a historical record.

Oral history depends upon human memory and the spoken word. The means of collection can vary from taking notes by hand to elaborate electronic aural and video recordings.

Step-by-Step Guide to Oral History

Primary Sources

Oral History