Academic journal article The Oral History Review

Editor's Introduction

Academic journal article The Oral History Review

Editor's Introduction

Article excerpt

At the annual meeting of the Oral History Association in Portland last October, a plenary session devoted to an examination of the application of history and memory in Alessandro Portelli's most recent book, The Order Has Been Carried Out: History Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome (New York: Macmillan, 2003) drew a large and admiring audience. Several factors coalesced to make this a memorable session: the presence of Alessandro Portelli, the internationally respected oral historian, author, and essayist; a fine panel, chaired by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, head of the Southern Oral History Program at UNC Chapel Hill, and including David Blight of Yale, who has written on the Civil War and memory; Paula Hamilton of the University of Technology Sydney (Australia), who has written widely on public memory and historical consciousness; and Edward Linenthal of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, whose books on the Oklahoma City bombing and the Smithsonian's Enola Gay exhibit have probed the relationship between history, memory, and public memorialization; and the context of the final month of a presidential election campaign in which issues of war and memory played a central role. …

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