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Author Brown El (Moore), Cynthia Nanette
Title Yesterday, today, and tomorrow: The oral narratives of three generations of Brewster Old Timers (Michigan)
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Descript 201 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 62-12, Section: A, page: 3994
Adviser: Bernard Brock
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Wayne State University, 2001
This study explores the oral narratives of three generations of members of a well-known Detroit organization, the Brewster Old Timers (BOT). The stories gathered are useful in empowering the "muted" voices of the organization. The generations are represented by the length of time in the organization, not the chronological ages of the members. Yesterday characterizes the first generation members, today symbolizes the second generation members, and tomorrow denotes the third generation members. Ten BOT members are interviewed. Ethnographic techniques are used to examine the culture of the organization. The study also examines the evolution of the Brewster Old Timers organization as it parallels the history of Detroit. In addition, the evolution of the BOT is compared to the life cycle of an organization
The conclusions advanced support the premise that social organizations such as the Brewster Old Timers have not outlived their social usefulness. Additionally, there is a place for organizations such as this one to maintain community ties. Moreover, the oral history presented can only be captured through those who lived the experience and are able to communicate the experience to future generations
School code: 0254
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 62-12A
Subject Speech Communication
History, Black
History, United States
Alt Author Wayne State University
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