​Oral History Interview - HIUS-341


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Oral History Interview Instructions - History of American Politics HIUS-341

The Students will conduct an Oral History Interview with a family member, friend, co-worker, etc. of his/her choosing. The student must select the interviewee who can best discuss an opinion/perspective on a major political development/event/idea/controversy since 1960. This opinion need not be scholarly, but it must be informed in some way, either through professional interest/involvement (a politician), unique perspective (a pastor or activist), or personal interest. (If the student’s grandpa brags about never voting because all candidates are the same, he might not be a good candidate to interview.) The student will create a set of at least 10 questions designed to elicit substantive information about the interviewee’s perspective and will write a 300-word summary of the interview. No more than 3 questions may relate to necessary personal questions such as identity/employment/interests of the interview subject.

The student will also write a 1–2-page analysis of the views expressed in the interview. In the analysis, the student will assess how those views reflect larger developments in American political culture and thinking, and how those views compare/contrast with traditional American understandings of politics and government. The student will also video record the interview and submit the recording with the written part of the assignment. The interview itself must be at least 10 minutes.

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