Writing the First Draft of History

Writing the First Draft of History
Recorded: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Session leader:
Barbara Black, Chief of Interpretation and Cultural Resources, Flight 93 National Memorial

Duration: 50 minutes

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators

Play Recording

Oral histories are a rich resource to learn the details of a person’s life or an event from different perspectives, and to get a first impression of the impact on others. Nearly 700 people have been interviewed about the events surrounding the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. In this session, participants listen to short clips from oral histories to hear the direct experiences of family members, first responders, and those who had close association with the event. This session examines how oral histories can play an important role in understanding history through the voices of those who lived it.

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