As a child, Stacey Zembrzycki listened to her baba’s stories about Sudbury’s small but polarized Ukrainian community and about what it was like growing up ethnic during the Depression. According to Baba discloses with honesty and respect what happened when Stacey tried to capture the community's experiences through oral history research. Baba looms large in the narrative, wrestling authority in the interview process away from her granddaughter and then eventually coming to share it. Together, the two women lay the groundwork not only for an insightful and deeply personal social history of Sudbury’s Ukrainian community but also for truly collaborative oral history research and writing.
About the Author
Stacey Zembrzycki is an oral and public historian of immigrant, ethnic, and refugee experiences. She is the coeditor of Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice.
Table of Contents
1 Building: Recreating Home and Community 23
2 Solidifying: Organized Ukrainian Life 49
3 Contesting: Confrontational Identities 75
4 Cultivating: Depression-Era Households 101
5 Remembering: Baba's Sudbury 128