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My Desire for HistoryEssays in Gay, Community, and Labor History$
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Allan Berube, John D'Emilio, and Estelle B. Freedman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834794

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877982_berube

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Trying to Remember

Trying to Remember

(p.270) Chapter 15 Trying to Remember
My Desire for History

Allan Bérubé

University of North Carolina Press

This essay explains that, although Berube never finished his book on the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union, he did produce several incomplete drafts, each one approaching the material in a different way. In this selection, drawn from a draft he wrote in 2003, Berube experimented with using a first-person voice to present this history. He injects himself, the interviewer, into the narrative, thus allowing readers to see something of how he worked as an oral historian. The approach gives this account of labor struggles in the 1930s and 1940s an immediacy as it draws the reader into the lives and homes of these historical actors. The excerpt illustrates Berube's commitment to preserving the stories of an older generation of gay activists, many of whom have died since he conducted his interviews.

Keywords:   Berube, incomplete drafts, first-person voice, oral historian, labor struggles, gay activists

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