Speak to Us of Work: Bronx Oral Histories

Speak to Us of Work: Bronx Oral Histories

Synopsis

In this intergenerational oral history collection, seniors in the Bronx share their inspiring life stories, including memories of the Civil Rights movement and the Great Depression.

About

In this intergenerational oral history collection, seniors in the Bronx share their life stories with students. Highlights include a memory about marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the meaning of a $2.72 weekly wage back in 1926 when a frankfurter and soda were just 2 cents, and what it took to make bath soap from scratch in a coal-stove kitchen.

Curriculum Embedded Project

Inspired by the belief that young people can learn a great deal from older generations, members of Millennium Art Academy, Student Press Initiative and Elders Share the Arts came together to create this intergenerational oral history project. In it, students and seniors both broke through stereotypes as they interacted closely, with the students capturing the elders' oral histories. The students gained more than just writing, editing and interviewing skills-they learned about history through the eyes of those who lived it. Watch a brief narrated slideshow about the project.

Specifications

  • Author: Millennium Art Academy Students 2005-2006
  • Price: 13.95
  • Year of Publication: 2006
  • Binding: Paperback
  • # of pgs.: 91

Reviews

These Bronx high school students have acknowledged and embellished the fine tradition of Studs Terkel's Working, writing oral histories that speak out loud. In this volume, each elder is profiled by more than one student, in a way that will invite readers to discover the rich individual relationships between interviewer and interviewee, between elder and youth. The dialogic process of oral history is brought to life - through language, image, sound and story - as each student strives to recreate their interviews on the page.

Amy Starecheski, Columbia University, Oral History Research Office