Write a 2-3 page paper reflecting on your experience in conducting an oral history interview. This paper should include a clear thesis statement, organized body paragraphs and a conclusion (summarizing the key points in your paper, and include the following:
1). Discuss the impact, change or effect that the interview had on your knowledge or understanding of the historical period experienced by your interviewee. Give specific examples.
2). Prior to conducting your interview, what was your understanding of how scholars create historical studies? Explain how your interview experience altered or influenced that understanding.
3). What have you learned from your interview about how the contributions of one individual can impact the well-being of various communities such as a neighborhood, school, church, town/city, state, and/or nation? How has this project impacted your understanding of the importance of becoming involved in order to make life better for you and those around you?
4). What example(s) can you identify from your interviewee’s experiences that illustrate challenging ethical decisions they faced and their efforts to find a solution? How might you deal with a similar situation and what impact do you think this might have on the fundamental principles that guide you in life?
5). Identify lessons you learned from the interview and its historical content that pertain to your own life and role as a daily participant in today’s ongoing history of the U.S.
6). What most surprised you about the interviewee’s answers to your questions? What unexpected things did you learn?
The interview’s report is attached hereby.