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Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

Religion, Workers, and Oral History: A Review

Review:  My father often took me to the factory with him when I was a small boy.  Dad was the foreman of the finishing room in a medium sized textile factory in Galt, Ontario.  The company made towels of all sizes and styles to be sold across North America.  The...

Sound Advice at the OHA

Sound Advice at the OHA

Event:  Engaging audiences with oral history was the theme of this year’s Oral History Association meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sessions on podcasting, audio-walks, and interactive exhibits were well represented as ways to present research. The OHA podcasting...

Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Oral History and Impostors: What to do?

Blog:   The first time I read about an impostor who had fooled an oral historian was Bruce Jackson’s “The Perfect Informant,” originally published in the Journal of American Folklore in 1990. In this account, Jackson describes how he was slowly taken in by the...

Disappearing Sounds

Disappearing Sounds

Blog:  It is easy to forget that oral history practices developed differently in different countries. The U.S. model – or, more precisely, the model developed by Allan Nevins, Louis Starr, and Elizabeth Mason at Columbia University in the 1950s and 1960s – was...

Final Offer Selection in Manitoba

Final Offer Selection in Manitoba

Blog: While it is common for some to view the labour movement as a monolith, in practice this is rarely the case. One of the more pronounced examples of the splits that can happen within the labour movement occurred when the 1980's NDP government put forward Final...

Canadians Do Oral History?

Canadians Do Oral History?

Blog:  Oral historians in the English-speaking world have been rewarded with a number of excellent compendiums over the past few decades, including an anthology, a reader, and two handbooks. Yet, to the international readership of these introductory essay collections,...

Oral History and the Common Good

Oral History and the Common Good

Blog:  In my last blog post, I wrote about the Oral History Centre’s motto of “democratizing history.” Today, I continue this idea by asking how the notion of the Common Good can help us understand oral history’s democratizing potential. The phrase “Common Good” has a...

Democratizing History: The Role of Oral History

Democratizing History: The Role of Oral History

Blog:  “Democratizing history” is the motto of the University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre. What do we mean? History and democracy are two big ideas that have shaped the modern world. We often see them as static institutions or abstract concepts, but we can also...

Price on Labour: Uncovering Manitoba’s Labour Movement

Price on Labour: Uncovering Manitoba’s Labour Movement

Blog:  On March 29th 1943, workers at Canada Packers in Winnipeg launched a sit down strike over the suspension of one of their co-workers. This spontaneous direct action by Canada Packers Workers was one example pf action taken by packing house workers across Canada...