Lessons from the Past: Listening to Our Stories, Reading Our Lives: The Place of Oral Histories in Our Lives

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This chapter examines the role oral histories can and should play in moving marginalized populations and voices from the footnotes of history. By centering oral histories as an essential methodological tool in the writing of history, researcher and practitioners can challenge monolithic readings of lives and histories, especially from communities of color. Similarly, the chapter challenges the reader and practitioners to think of how such methodology as sites of resistance, deconstructing power structures that relegated these voices to the margins. Further, this chapter highlights the role of educators/researchers in working alongside practitioners and students to bring in those voices, yes, but similarly to engage in ethical approaches in the collecting or engaging of those histories.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Historical Studies in Education
Subtitle of host publicationDebates, Tensions, and Directions
EditorsTanya Fitzgerald
ISBN (Electronic)9789811009426
ISBN (Print)9789811009426
StatePublished - Sep 12 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X


  • Oral history
  • Silenced history
  • Voice
  • Corroboration
  • Memory

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