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Memory, Meaning, and Resistance: Reflecting on Oral History and Women at the Margins

Memory, Meaning, and Resistance: Reflecting on Oral History and Women at the Margins

by Fran Leeper Buss

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Overview

Fran Leeper Buss, a former welfare recipient who earned a PhD in history and became a pioneer in the field of oral history, has for forty years dedicated herself to the goal of collecting the stories of marginal and working-class U.S. women. Memory, Meaning, and Resistance is based on over 100 oral histories gathered from women from a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds, including a traditional Mexican American midwife, a Latina poet and organizer for the United Farm Workers, and an African American union and freedom movement organizer. Buss now analyzes this body of work, identifying common themes in women’s lives and resistance that unite the oral histories she has gathered. From the beginning, her work has shed light on the inseparable, compounding effects of gender, race, ethnicity, and class on women’s lives—what is now commonly called intersectionality. Memory, Meaning, and Resistance is structured thematically, with each chapter analyzing a concept that runs through the oral histories, e.g., agency, activism, religion. The result is a testament to women’s individual and collective strength, and an invaluable guide for students and researchers, on how to effectively and sensitively conduct oral histories that observe, record, recount, and analyze women’s life stories. 
 


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ISBN-13: 9780472073597
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 09/20/2017
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Fran Leeper Buss holds a PhD in American History from the University of Arizona. She has published four oral histories and a novel, Journey of the Sparrows. The original transcripts of her oral history interviews are housed at the the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Situated Locations: "Eight Girls, Trying to Have a Boy" 17

Chapter 2 Agency: "God Gave You a Big Mouth" 35

Chapter 3 Memory Construction: Since Daddy Made God Die" 51

Chapter 4 Interrelationships: "The Third Testament" 67

Chapter 5 Meaning: "The Footprints of Our Lives" 79

Chapter 6 Knowledge from Below: "We Left Our Berries to Rot" 101

Chapter 7 Activism and Social Movements: "A Brown Statue of Liberty" 123

Chapter 8 Activism and Spirituality: "Like a Conversion" 147

Conclusion 167

Epilogue 177

Appendix: Profiles of the Women Mentioned 181

Notes 187

Bibliography 201

Index 207

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