When oral history becomes a radical act

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“Still, oral history is fraught with its own challenges, which is why Ms. Clark believes scholars must carefully research and consider all of the potential risks, both ethical and legal, before embarking on a project.”

This recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education details a controversial oral history project involving Boston College and former IRA operatives. A great idea – to get accounts of The Troubles and acts of public violence and resistance from those who planned and carried them out. But a lesson in the delicate business of having people describe things that they have done that are illegal.

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