Essay about Oral History And Historical Memory

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Oral History and Historical Memory
Lynching: Injustice or Justified-Depending on Perspective
Sometimes, individual oral historical memory and historical events depicted in history as facts are different, depending on whose perspective is being studied. Thoughts on truth, by Per Robert Evans says that, “There are three sides to every story… My side, your side, and the truth, and no one believes they are lying… Memories serve each one differently.” I believe that this is also true in telling the stories of history. Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Jane Addams were both born during slavery, one born enslaved and the latter born free and they both have a view of history based on their experiences. Both were civil rights fighters, both women had historical personal accounts tied to specific historical events of lynching many African American men, women, and children, and both have their own personal side of the story; one based on oral memory and the other based on written historical memory.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, born into slavery July 16, 1862, was an African American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, and sociologist. She was also an early leader in the Civil Rights movement . Seventeen months after Ida B. Wells birth, on December 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery in rebellious states. Three years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the “Thirteenth Amendment to the…

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