The Recent Past

Essay Question:

What events in the past twenty-five years or so have been most significant in shaping your family?

To support your argument, think about whether national events (like presidential elections) or personal ones (marriages and divorces) are more significant for your family. The following questions should elicit family stories that will be useful to you. Composing your own questions might be even more successful, especially if you base those questions on your knowledge of your family chronology and history.

For further conversation, ask your informant about yourself: