'Red Tapes': Oral history and left networks

Weinbren, Dan
March 1995
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Spring95, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
This article focuses on four of the threads which ran through papers presented at the Oral History Society's conference on labor history. Central to most papers was the critical use of oral testimony as evidence. In The London Labor Party: crisis and conflict, reactions to the transition in London government 1962-67', Colin Anderson indicated how the recollections of six people closely associated with the end of the London CLC gave him new insights into the siege mentality of Labor's old guard, which had ruled London since 1934. Threatened by the Tory government, the Labor-run lower-tier boroughs and the left, the Monisonians collapsed and allowed a group he identified as modernizers to take control. Although in recent years many of those engaged in studying the Labor Party have stressed the need to focus on the local cultural context and the ability of activists to construct parochial alliances, until the Labor Oral History Project was established there was no systematic attempt to record activists' voices.


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