Guide to oral history and the law by John A. Neuenschwander

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By John A. Neuenschwander

In accordance with the Oral heritage organization, the time period oral heritage refers to "a approach to recording and maintaining oral testimony" which leads to a verbal record that's "made to be had in several kinds to different clients, researchers, and the public." generally such an educational strategy would appear to be some distance faraway from criminal demanding situations. regrettably this isn't the case. whereas the sector has now not develop into a felony minefield, given its large development and lengthening specialise in modern subject matters, extra felony issues may possibly good lie forward if sound approaches aren't installed position and periodically revisited.

A advisor to Oral heritage and the Law is the definitive source for all oral background practitioners. In transparent, obtainable language it completely explains the entire significant criminal matters together with felony free up agreements, the safety of limited interviews, the privateness torts (including defamation), copyright, the influence of the web, and the position of Institutional assessment forums (IRBs). the writer accomplishes this by way of studying the main correct complaints and mentioning examples of rules and systems that oral background courses have used to prevent felony problems.

Neuenschwander's significant concentration during the e-book is on prevention instead of litigation. He underscores this strategy by way of strongly emphasizing how shut adherence to the Oral heritage Association's rules and most sensible Practices offers the simplest origin for constructing sound felony guidelines. The publication additionally presents greater than a dozen pattern criminal free up agreements which are acceptable to a wide selection of occasions. This quantity is a vital one for all oral historians despite their interviewing focus.

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A murder trial in Mississippi involving the Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a violent offshoot of the KKK, provides a dramatic example of how and why a prosecutor considered the discovery of oral history interviews to be a potentially important part of his case. In 1966, Vernon Dahmer, a black civil rights leader, died after his home was firebombed by members of the White Knights.  Bowers, the C ompelled R elease of I nterviews | 2 9 Imperial Wizard of the White Knights, was tried four different times for arson and the murder of Dahmer.

Bowers, the C ompelled R elease of I nterviews | 2 9 Imperial Wizard of the White Knights, was tried four different times for arson and the murder of Dahmer. All four trials ended in mistrials because all-white juries could not agree on a verdict. Finally, in August 1998, a jury found Bowers guilty of the firebombing and the murder of Dahmer, and he was sentenced to life in prison. Prior to the final trial, the district attorney subpoenaed three oral history interviews with Bowers that were housed in the Mississippi Department of Archives and Records.

Examples of the latter method of conveyance could be as simple as sending an email in response to a question posed on a listserv or uploading an interview to a website. If one assumes that both the email and the interview are protected by copyright, by sending the former and uploading the latter the authors have given an implied nonexclusive license to view their works. 21 1 0 | A G uide to O ral H istory and the L aw Nonexclusive licenses can be very helpful tools for oral historians in a number of ways.

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