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New Online Exhibit: Gulf oil spill

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: H-NET/OHA Discussion List on Oral History [mailto:H-ORALHIST@H-NET.MSU.EDU] On Behalf Of Troy Reeves Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 1:45 PM To:
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      From: H-NET/OHA Discussion List on Oral History [mailto:H-ORALHIST@...] On Behalf Of Troy Reeves
      Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 1:45 PM
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      Subject: new online exhibit

      From: Seth Kotch [mailto:kotch@...]
      Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010
      Subject: new online exhibit

      This July, the Southern Oral History Program in the Center for the Study
      of the American South at the University of North Carolina conducted a
      small series of interviews to begin the work of documenting the human
      effects of the BP oil spill, perhaps the worst environmental disaster in
      American history.

      We have gathered some sound clips and images from these interviews to
      offer a glimpse of life in the aftermath of the spill. Take a look here:

      The interviews, completed while oil was still flooding into the Gulf of
      Mexico from the ruptured deepwater well, reveal the worry, hope,
      confusion, and commitment of Louisiana coastal residents during a time
      of deep uncertainty and peril. The interviews allowed coastal residents
      to put their current predicament in historical context: they described
      lives and livelihoods connected - often for generations - to the coast
      and to the water.

      The interviewees talked about their evolving understanding of
      government, regulation, and industry, about the coexistence of oil and
      fishing industries, and about the importance of work, family, and place.
      They compared the oil spill to earlier challenges - like hurricanes -
      and described how this time seemed different, more daunting, less
      certain, and more out of control. They expressed frustration with so
      much of what was happening, and at the same time, confidence in the
      perseverance and intelligence of local people to get through this crisis.

      From the hours of interviews - which soon will be archived at the
      Southern Historical Collection and made available as audio and written
      transcripts online - we have highlighted a few very short sections here:
      http://sohp.org/oilspill. Sound bites run counter to the strengths and
      goals of oral history, though, and we encourage you to read or listen to
      the interviews in their entirety. These clips are meant to offer a way in.

      Please take a look and a listen: http://sohp.org/oilspill
      Seth Kotch, Ph.D.
      Coordinator of Oral History Digital Initiatives
      Southern Oral History Program
      Center for the Study of the American South
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      tel: 919-962-0556
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