The Appalachian Oral History Project (AOHP) is a product of its time, resulting from the social unrest during the Vietnam war, the Kennedy-Johnson war on poverty, and the growing awareness of grass roots history. History from the mouths of the people, as academicians and laymen alike were becoming aware, detailed events and perspectives different from those generally found in history textbooks. Political and economic events on a national or international scale often assumed an insignificant status in people's everyday lives. It was the personal event or achievement which held true meaning and historical impact for those who cared to recall.
Williams, John R. and Martin, Katherine R.,
"The Appalachian Oral History Project: Then and Now,"
Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists
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