A Shared Authority: Essays on the Craft and Meaning of Oral and Public History

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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A collection of 13 previously published essays by Frisch (American studies, SUNY). Among them are general reflections on oral history, collective memory, and American culture and history; detailed studies of specific issues in documentary work; and considerations of public history and programming. Examples used include the unemployed, Chinese students, and the television history of the Vietnam War. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Memory History and Cultural Authority
1
Oral History and Hard Times A Review Essay
5
The Memory of History
15
American History and the Structures of Collective Memory A Modest Exercise in Empirical Iconography
29
Interpretive Authority in Oral History
55
Oral History and the Presentation of Class Consciousness The New York Times v The Buffalo Unemployed
59
Preparing Interview Transcripts for Documentary Publication A LinebyLine Illustration of the Editing Process
81
Presenting and Receiving Oral History Across Cultural Space A Note on Responses of Chinese Students to the Documentary Trilogy One Village in C...
147
A Shared Authority Scholarship Audience and Public Presentation
179
Quality in History Programs From Celebration to Exploration of Values
183
Town into City A Reconsideration on the Occasion of Springfields 350th Anniversary 16361986
191
Get the Picture? A Review Essay
203
Audience Expectations as Resource and Challenge Ellis Island as a Case Study
215
Urban Public History in Celebratory Contexts The Example of the Philadelphias Moving Past Project
225
The Presentation of Urban History in Big City Museums
239
Notes
265

Oral History Documentary and the Mystification of Power A Critique of Vietnam A Television History
159

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Michael Frisch is Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at State University of New York at Buffalo.

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