Student Reflections: Whitney Shelton

We can understand from this interview [Patricia Lake’s], how memories of the 1960’s elaborate on the topics presented in [Terry] Anderson’s book [The Sixties], as well is a few of the source readings, concerning counterculture and the environmental movements. We are able to visualize the experience through the oral history interview with Pat in the aspects of the sexual revolution and some of the backlash that occurred to young women with they went out of terms of the norm. This interview confirms the notions I had of the 1960’s concerning the roles of women in and out of the workplace and home, and the views associated with those who did not conform to the norm. It is obvious what is meaningful to the narrator as she discusses the environmental aspects, sexual revolution and hippy lifestyle of the 1960’s to a great length. The impact of an oral history project is different in many aspects from traditional classroom learning. In class you learn about the events in history and analyze the events. Participating in an oral history project, you get the perceptive of the individual person verse society as a whole. You are able to visualize history through the eyes of the narrator. Often you interview a person you respect thus you are more liable to listen intensively, allowing you to better grasp the event or history.

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