The Whole World Was Watching:
an oral history of 1968

The Whole World Was Watching: an oral history of 1968 is a joint project between South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group. The project was sponsored by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and NetTech: the Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium. The resource contains transcripts, audio recordings, and edited stories of a series of interviews conducted in the spring of 1998. Members of the Sophomore Class at SKHS interviewed Rhode Islanders about their recollections of the year 1968. Their stories, which include references to the Vietnam War, the struggle for Civil Rights, the Assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy as well as many more personal memories are a living history of one of the most tumultuous years in United States history.

In order to make the site as useful as possible to secondary educators, as well as to scholars, the project includes a glossary (glossary terms used on any page are linked from the bottom of that page), timeline, and bibliography of references for 1968 and the period in which it is embedded.

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The Narrators

Stories by the student interviewers
Transcripts of the interviews
RealAudio recording of each interview

Issues from the Interviews

Civil Rights
United States Politics
Women's Rights

Reference Material


Classroom Oral History

From the Coordinator
From the Teacher
From the Editor