Memory, History, and Ego-Histoire

Narrating and Re-enacting the Australian Freedom Ride

in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques
Author: Ann Curthoys
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This article explores the intersections between history, memoir, and collective memory. It re ects on my experience of writing, as both historian and former participant, about the 1965 Australian Freedom Ride, which protested racial discrimination against Aboriginal people. It also traces the ways in which memory of and discourse about that event has changed over time: how it was and is remembered and understood, and the di erent uses made of the event by Aboriginal people, educators, and historians.

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