This Day in History

May 16, 1912: Studs Terkel Born

Time Periods: 1910
Themes: Economics, Labor, Media

The pages of history are cluttered with the pronouncements of presidents and military heroes. Studs Terkel brought people back onto the pages of history, people with feelings, people with anguish and their joys.– Howard Zinn

People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another. — Studs Terkel

On this anniversary of the birth of Studs Terkel born on May 16, 1912, below are resources for teaching about and with his oral history interviews.

Studs Terkel in 1992, taking a bus home after working on his show at WFMT radio in Chicago. Chris Walker/The Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press.