Morality and Memory: A Historical and Psychological Perspective

An Exploration of the Nature of Morality and Memory and its Relevance to Historical Writing




Memoir suffers from the potential for bias on the part of the author toward self-preservation, and may also represent an effort on the part of the author to preserve their own family members or friends’ memory by avoiding writing negatively… Continue Reading →

Oral History

Oral history has been useful in informing my research. As Sugiman shows in his article article “Life is Sweet: Vulnerability and Composure in the Wartime narratives of Japanese Canadians,” which discusses the shared memories of previously interned Japanese Canadians, what… Continue Reading →


Microhistory writing is very important to my research. Microhistory attempts to approach a subject through a full analysis, looking at the important details as well as the overall function of the subject within the much wider social context. As Littles… Continue Reading →

Subjective Experience

As Martin L. Davies argues in his article “Disobedience Reconsidered: History, Theory, and the Morality of Scholarship,” non-compliance with social norms is defined as the opposition and challenge to an apparent unassailable order of the world. Through disobedience, argues Davies,… Continue Reading →

Trauma: War and the Great Depression

In order to understand memories from the era of the Great depression or World War I or II, it is important to discuss the nature of trauma and its effect on the formation of memory.   PTSD is a neurological… Continue Reading →

Religion and the Fenians

The demonization of capitalism too came to be associated with religious affiliation, and as a result the religions of Protestantism and Catholicism became to be seen as in incompatible conflict with on-another, fueling conflicts such as the Fenian rebellion. A… Continue Reading →

Separate Spheres and Production

Prior to the implementation of factory production in north America, production depended largely on the work of the ‘master-apprentice’ system, wherein an ‘apprentice’ would work with and often live with a ‘master,’ learning the many skills needed to produce that… Continue Reading →

Victorian Morality

Important in understanding May from a moral standpoint is to understand the concept of Victorian morality, which emphasised sexual restraint, intolerance for crime and vagrancy, and a strict code of public conduct. Victorian morality was highly influential, and during the… Continue Reading →


In historical writing; memoir, autobiography, oral history, and other such subjective primary sources and ‘self-histories’ very often serve as an important well from which historians draw critical information and construct complex and highly nuanced visions of the past. However, how… Continue Reading →


Alexander, S., “‘Do Grandmas Have Husbands?’ Generational Memory and Twentieth Century Women’s Lives,” The Oral History Review, 36, 2 (2009): 159-176. Bartkevicius, J., “‘The Person to Whom Things Happened’: Meditations on the Tradition of Memoir,” Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction,… Continue Reading →

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