Doing Recent History
on privacy, copyright, video games, institutional review boards, activist scholarship, and history that talks back
Part 1: Framing the issues.
Not dead yet : my identity crisis as a historian of the recent past / Renee C. Romano
Working without a script : reflections on teaching recent American history / Shelley Sang-Hee Lee
Part 2: Access to the archives.
Opening archives on the recent American past : reconciling the ethics of access and the ethics of privacy / Laura Clark Brown and Nancy Kaiser
Who owns your archive? : historians and the challenge of intellectual property law / Gail Drakes
Part 3: Working with living subjects.
The Berkeley compromise : oral history, human subjects, and the meaning of "research" / Martin Meeker
The presence of the past : iconic moments and the politics of interviewing in Birmingham / Willoughby Anderson
When radical feminism talks back : taking an ethnographic turn in the living past / Claire Bond Potter
Part 4: Technology and the practice of recent history.
Do historians watch enough TV? : broadcast news as a primary source / David Greenberg
Playing the past : the video game simulation as recent American history / Jeremy K. Saucier
Eternal flames : the translingual imperative in the study of World War II memories / Alice Yang and Alan S. Christy
Part 5: Crafting narratives.
When the present disrupts the past : narrating home care / Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein
"Cult" knowledge : the challenges of studying new religious movements in America / Julius H. Bailey.
"Historians have been writing accounts of the recent past since history acquired a modern audience, and in the last several years interest in recent topics has grown exponentially. From Walmart to disco and from Chavez to Schlafly, books about the history of our own time have become arguably the most exciting and talked-about part of the discipline.
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