In your opinion, what is unique about oral history?

Oral history provides history with the unheard perspectives of the common people. Oral history can embellish seemingly bland history with real-life references and experiences. What does oral history provide that traditional, textbook-based narratives do not? Written history such as textbook-based narratives, can be biased by the ideology of the writer or historian. Traditional history textbooks only record the accounts of the elite and ignore the voices of normal people. Oral history provides light to the otherwise obscured aspects of a story. In addition, oral history And in the spirit of generating more dialogue on the discussion boards, if you could only learn about an era of history from oral history or a textbook, which would you choose and why? Please make specific references to the oral history narrative you selected when writing your response. If I could learn about an era of history from oral history or a textbook, I would choose the era surrounding the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was a terrible and scarring war for many of the young soldiers that ventured to the Vietnam islands. Rather than just reading about the strategies and political implications of the war, oral history provides different perspectives and includes the background and emotions of traditional text. In order to write his story The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien interviewed the several living men that were in his platoon. Each person he interviewed was able to give a little more background information on each other and reveal the emotional stress they were going through. In one interview with Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, he found out that Cross carried letters and items from Martha, a girl he fell in love with back home. With different photos and letters, Lieutenant Cross brings himself back to reality. All of the other soldiers in Alpha Company would also bring items that would remind them of fond memories back home and use as personal remedies. These soldiers witnessed gruesome events when fighting in the Vietnam War and through oral history, we can grasp a true image of the emotional burdens they carried. I was extremely interested in the Vietnam War and only through reading the recorded oral history of the actual soldiers during the war, was I able to have a sense of closure when I finished.

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