The March on the Pentagon (1967)

The March on the Pentagon was, at the time, the largest anti-war demonstration in American history. The New York Times put together a typically excellent oral history in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the rally. The piece, which includes ample anecdotes from military and political representatives who stood in opposition to the protest, breaks the narrative into three parts: the organization and arrival, the march, and the aftermath. Representative images and video clips are also included. It’s truly an important artifact and a treat for anyone who loves oral history.

The March on the Pentagon: An Oral History

NYTimes.com, 10.20.17

Guantánamo: America’s Festering Black Eye

The American detention center at Guantánamo Bay was explicitly created for extrajudicial incarceration and interrogation. This was one of the many morally and legally questionable actions the Bush administration took at the advent of their war on terror, and although cold facts don’t exist in American government anymore, this response appears to have been as ineffective, costly, and politically damaging as the others.

Guantánamo: An Oral History

VanityFair.com, 1.11.12

How Seattle’s Working Women Answered the Call in WWII

Seattle’s population exploded by 50% during World War II as Boeing and other local industries scrambled to meet huge production benchmarks. More than half the workforce was women, and their proficiency had both immediate and long-term ramifications. This well-done piece includes a number of period-specific advertisements and announcements.

Seattle’s working women of World War II: An oral history

Crosscut.com, 3.25.16