oral history


Definition of oral history

1 : a recording containing information about the past obtained from in-depth interviews concerning personal experiences, recollections, and reflections also : the study of such information
2 : a written work based on oral history

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oral historian noun

Examples of oral history in a Sentence

I'm reading an oral history of the Great Depression.

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This feature comes from an unexpected source: MEL Magazine, an online-only outlet operated by Dollar Shave Club with only one other gaming oral history under its belt. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "GoldenEye 007 gets quite the 21st-birthday present: An oral history," 23 Aug. 2018 According to a recent oral history of the Microsoft trial and a more contemporaneous Wired report, regulators took years to seriously act on Reback and Creighton’s warnings. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 Though investment kiosks in Sears stores didn’t work out, the idea of combining a securities firm, an insurer and a real-estate broker was sound, Mr. Gardiner said in the oral history. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Robert Gardiner, Wall Street Giant, Helped Sears With ‘Socks and Stocks’ Strategy," 16 Nov. 2018 The huge collections of oral histories, and projects such as this podcast help to keep their stories alive for the generations that follow. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Order 9066 is a deep dive into the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII," 29 July 2018 Conor Orr with an oral history of the greatest team to never make it: the 1998 Vikings ... Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "What Does Fining Jerry Richardson Amount to?," 29 June 2018 Through a collaboration with WBUR, a series of oral histories reached into parts of the community that experienced the aftermath of the attack in different, more complicated ways. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Fragments of tragedy, and of our best selves," 14 Apr. 2018 In the Wired oral history of MST3K, the stars mention this idea of commenting as something that the show codified. Bryan Lufkin, Popular Mechanics, "Can Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thrive in an Age of Snark?," 14 Apr. 2017 The Sally Hemings room opens to the public on Saturday, alongside a room dedicated to the oral histories of the descendants of slaves at Monticello, and the earliest kitchen at the house, where Hemings’s brother cooked. New York Times, "Monticello Is Done Avoiding Jefferson’s Relationship With Sally Hemings," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of oral history

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of oral history

: recorded information about the past that you get from talking to people about their experiences, families, etc.

: a book, article, etc., that is based on oral history

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