History | Voices from the past
J400 | 2777 | James


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires regis-
	tration in COAS W333
Topic:  Latin America

This course is basically a two track course.  We will follow the
debate about the use of oral history, the nature of memory, and
commemoration.  What makes oral sources different from written
archival sources?  We will then take a number of examples of research
which use oral testimony—this ranges from African-American narratives
collected in the south in the 1930’s, through life stories of elderly
Jews in a Los Angeles retirement community to Latin American texts
such as life stories of Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan Indian, and
Dona Maria Roldan, an 80 year old Argentine woman who worked in
meatpacking plants in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Finally, we will look
at photos and photo albums as historical materials that can tell us
about the past.

There will be several 5 page reaction papers on topics, as well as
three book reviews.  The final assignment will be a 10 page paper on
a topic deriving from the course.