Oral History

New Exhibit: Whose Town?

Whose Town? The DC Employment Justice Research Project Drawing on the first hand stories of unhoused people’s working experiences, “Whose Town?” seeks to offer insight into the complicated reality of low-wage labor in Washington, DC. The site draws upon twenty-one oral history interviews that were conducted in 2015 in locations across downtown Washington, DC.

Should the Oral Historian Laugh?

You have multiple and at times competing objectives in an oral history interview.  Most importantly you want a great interview, where the person reflects deeply about her or his life experiences and offers her or his interpretations of the past.  Doing so depends on developing rapport and also asking tough questions — questions that may […]