Saturday, November 01, 2008

Studs Terkel

A pioneer in the use of oral history, Studs Terkel was one of the first historians to provide a voice for the life and experiences of ordinary working Americans.
Here's a short piece about Studs on the BBC website, which includes a short video clip made earlier this year:

There is also a stimulating interview with Studs carried out when he was 91, full of rambling anecdotes, those teasing stories that give oral history its charm, on Youtube:

Some of Studs' own work - the interviews he carried out - can be found on this collection of "Conversations with America":