This article explores tensions present within a collaborative oral history project (i.e., sharing authority) concerning the East Texan African American community of Nacogdoches. It focuses on an often-neglected aspect about sharing authority: the competing conception of audience for public historians/professionals, on the one hand, and community members, on the other. Such differences, however, have led to the consideration of exciting new directions, especially as it concerns sharing authority’s potential to foster affect and empathy, which further signal sharing authority’s possible power to help assemble what has been called “historic blocs” capable of challenging local hegemony and marginalization.
Of Sharing Authority and Historic Blocs: Toward New Historiographies of Counter-Hegemony and Community in Nacogdoches, East Texas
Paul J. P. Sandul is currently an associate professor of history and co-director of the public history graduate program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. His publications include California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State (West Virginia University Press, 2014) and co-editing and contributing to the anthologies Lone Star Suburbs: Life on the Texas Metropolitan Frontier (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) and Making Suburbia: New Histories of Everyday America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). He is currently conducting oral history projects on both the East Texas non-religious and LGBT communities.
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Paul J. P. Sandul; Of Sharing Authority and Historic Blocs: Toward New Historiographies of Counter-Hegemony and Community in Nacogdoches, East Texas. The Public Historian 1 August 2019; 41 (3): 91–112. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.3.91
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