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The whole world was watching, an oral history of 1968

Repository: University of Rhode Island. Special Collections and Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The interviews for the project were conducted in 1998 by twenty members of a tenth grade English class from South Kingston High School who interviewed thirty-one Rhode Island residents who related their recollections of 1968 and the impact that the events of that year had on their lives. The interviewees were asked to focus on such issues as the Vietnam War, the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago, the Civil Rights struggle, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and to relate personal reminiscences of the era. Based on the interviews they conducted, the students wrote essays in which they summarized the content of the interviews and placed the comments of the interviewees in the context of the events of 1968.

Origin Info: The Whole World Was Watching was a joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group. The project was funded by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and NetTech: the Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium. The students worked under the supervision of South Kingstown High School librarian Linda Wood and South Kingstown High School English teacher Sharon Schmid. They also received assistance and support from humanities scholars, Professor Sharon Strom of the University of Rhode Island and Professor Kate Dunnigan of the Community College of Rhode Island.

Access Copy Note: In addition to the oral history tapes, transcripts, and student essays generated by this project, there is also a website that includes photos of the interviewees, edited versions of the student essays, transcripts of the interviews, and real-time audio recordings of the interviews, as well as such background material as a complete description of the project, a 1968 timeline, and essays by the project coordinators and humanities scholars. The Web Site was edited by David Reville of Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group, a co-sponsor of the project.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1998

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Mss. Gr. 143

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Marsha Aaronson, Lincoln Almond, William Babcock, Deborah Brayton, Frank Costigliola, Naomi Craig, Agnes Doody, Marj Dutilly, Edmund Fetter, J. Joseph Garrahy, Theodore Gatchel, E. Gordon Gee, Seth Gifford, Marty Halyburton, Porter Halyburton, Rhett Jones, Michael Kaprielian, Bob Kerr, Cleveland Kurtz, Joseph Laffey, John Leyden, Hoang Nguyen, John O'Malley, Daniel Prentiss, Isidore Ramos, Tony Ramos, Glen Rolofson, Kathryn Spoehr, Frederick Williamson, Rick Wilson, Ed Wood

Rights (Extant): Photocopying and scanning of materials is a fee based service available in the repository and is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist when in compliance to the Unit's policy on copyright and publication.


Civil rights movements--Rhode Island
Democratic National Convention (1968 : Chicago, Ill.)
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968--Assassination
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Assassination
Rhode Island
Vietnam War, 1961-1975




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