Film, Video Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement

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Title
Reflections on Memory & History: Collecting New Oral Histories of the Civil Rights Movement
Summary
A half-century on, what remains to be learned of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement? Plenty, it turns out. Last year historian Joe Mosnier, together with videographer John Bishop, journeyed to twenty states to interview fifty individuals who, most as teenagers or young adults, gave themselves over to the civil rights struggle. This testimony -- urgent and immediate, but also refracted by memory and time -- compels a fresh look at "the movement," confirming, upending, and reaching entirely beyond the considerations that define the received civil rights narrative. Mosnier shares video excerpts, discusses emerging insights in relation to civil rights historiography, and offers brief personal reflections on the complex emotions engendered by the oral history experience for both interviewee and interviewer.
Event Date
April 12, 2012
Related Resources
American Folklife Center: https://www.loc.gov/folklife/
Civil Rights History Project: https://www.loc.gov/collections/civil-rights-history-project/about-this-collection/
Many Paths to Freedom: Looking Back, Looking Ahead at the Long Civil Rights Movement: https://www.loc.gov/folklife/civilrights/events/
Running Time
1 hours 10 minutes 22 seconds
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