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Puerto Rico An Oral History 1898-2008 Hardcover – January 29, 2010
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The first two-dozen or so stories in the book appeared in an earlier edition, Changing Flags: An Oral History 1898-1950, and they are perfect examples of the fragility of the editor’s task: as a generation disappears, so too does its tales. With each passing, pieces of the puzzle of how we got where we are today can be irretrievably lost.
By recording, transcribing and editing these recollections, Tasch and her interviewers have provided an invaluable service; they have transfixed time. As one scholar put it, “Oral history, well done, gives one a sense of accomplishment. Collecting oral history, we have a sense of catching and holding something valuable from the receding tide of the past.”
This well-done oral history of Puerto Rico recalls the past in the words of the people who lived it. “Some of the stories may cause you to smile; others to weep. Most were recounted in English, some haltingly, some eloquently…. Some spoke of grinding poverty and others of the affluent life,” Tasch explains in the book’s introduction.
In this edition there are a total of 51 numbered interviews.Read more ›