This site was created by the students in an Elon University history course entitled Oral History: North Carolina Women. The students spent the first six weeks of the course reading about North Carolina women’s history, focusing on the various factors that affected their lives, including where they grew up, family, work, gender expectations, relationships and sexuality, religion, race and ethnicity, social class, politics, leisure, and North Carolina historical trends.
Then students spent a month learning about oral history. They studied the art of asking questions, the role and appropriate behavior of interviewers, legal obligations and ethical guidelines from the Oral History Association, and the benefits and limitations of interviews as historical evidence. They prepared and critiqued numerous questions, and conducted practice interviews.
Thus prepared, the students then went beyond the classroom walls and interviewed North Carolina women. This blog represents an effort to recognize the interviewees. We want to say a big THANK YOU to them for sharing their stories and helping us learn.
In addition, the blog serves as a way to publicize the existence of these interviews in Elon University’s oral history archive. There are an additional sixty-five interviews of North Carolina women (some cassette tapes, some digital recordings, all transcribed) in the archive, which were created by students who took the course in past years.