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“Bloody Sunday”

“The first ever complete oral history of one of the darkest episodes in modern Irish history.

In January 1972, a peaceful civil rights march in Northern Ireland ended in bloodshed. Troops from Britain’s 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment opened fire on marchers, leaving 13 dead and 15 wounded. Seven of those killed were teenage boys. The day became known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.” Written by Julieann Campbell. Find out more here.

2020 US Election

“Election officials are rarely in the spotlight.  They toil day after day, hour after hour in preparation for the several times every year when their voters head to the polls — or their mailboxes — to cast their votes and have their voices heard. Election officials know they have done their job well when, in the aftermath of each election, their names are nowhere to be found in the headlines. The 2020 election placed them at the center of national attention in a way not seen in decades — if ever. A global pandemic brought the systems and people that run elections to the brink. In the face of unprecedented challenges, election administrators buckled down and worked with their communities to keep voters  — and their votes — safe. Record turnout and a smooth election day validated election officials’ incredible work and commitment to risking their own health and safety to get this monumental challenge done.” See more here.

Federal Writers’ Project

“New York City, February 1935. On a cold blustery afternoon, people bundled in coats and scarves are marching in front of the Port City Authority holding up signs. One of them reads “CHILDREN NEED BOOKS. WRITERS NEED A BREAK. WE DEMAND PROJECTS.” The writers shouting into the cold are part of the Writers’ Union protest for writers’ inclusion in the biggest public works program in American history. At the time of the protest, visual artists were already receiving federal funds to paint post office murals and photograph daily life. The protesting writers were out of work and wanted New Deal jobs too.

Soon, though, these men and women would have the chance to join the largest literary project in American history: the Federal Writers’ Project. For eight years, the FWP would support the work of luminaries (Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and John Cheever, to name a few) as well as thousands of other writers.  The FWP created a huge archive of individual stories and fading local cultures that defined Americana in the early twentieth century.” Read full story here.

BBC turns 100

“The collections on the BBC 100 website highlight its most iconic objects, people and contributors.
Includes: 100 Voices is an oral history collection, which reveals the stories of the men and women who worked at the BBC, exploring topics including news and elections, the birth pouf TV, radio reinvented and pioneering women. It is curated in partnership with the University of Sussex. Read story here.

25th Anniversary of HIV Treatment

“With this edited oral history series, we’re attempting to capture the full spectrum of 1996 for people with HIV/AIDS and their allies. Not just the shock and exhilaration of renewed health and a second shot at life, but the bitterness of not having the new meds work for you, the hell of their side effects, the disorientation and even depression felt by many upon realizing that they now had to prepare to live after preparing so long for death. Not to mention the tremendous questions of access and equity, both in the U.S. and globally, raised by the new era in treatment.” Read full story here.

Immigration and Innovation (USA)

“Why did scientists come to the United States to live, study, and work in the 20th century? What historical events and social conditions led some scientists to flee their home countries? How have immigrant scientists contributed to scientific discoveries and innovations?

These questions and more will be explored through “Science, War, and Exile: Oral Histories of Immigration and Innovation,” a project of the Science History Institute’s Center for Oral History.” Read more here.