The Other Side of the Tracks

Douglas A. Boyd and W. Fitzhugh Brundage

in Crawfish Bottom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134086
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135892 | DOI:
The Other Side of the Tracks

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This chapter looks at the role of the oral history interviewer in shaping the narrative when the interviewer has a distinct nostalgic impulse, which is then surprisingly countered by many former residents. Residents talk about community and neighborliness but add back into the oral history narrative elements (including violence, crime, prostitution, and bootlegging) that jibe more closely with the historical reputation that the interviewer is attempting to counter, ultimately creating a more balanced historical view.

Keywords: crime; violence; prostitution; bootlegging; interviewer; oral history; public memory

Chapter.  10477 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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