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Title: Ted (Ranster) Randall
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Collection: Personal Oral History
Description: My oral history assignment started out a disaster and ended as a ray of sunshine, at least up until this point of transcribing. I had called all over Ann Arbor to places like the VA hospital, the American legion, and so on when I was finally given the number of the American Veterans of World War Two and Korean War Association, where I first learned of Ted "Ranster" Randall. I set-up an interview with him and the disaster began from there. I had already had reservations about talking with him because simply, to state the obvious, I'm Black. There's always the ever-present threat of overt racist things that could happen, like the possibility I could show up and he would refuse to talk to me. But probably the biggest fear I had was doing an interview, in which, he would give all the "right" answers. I dread the thought of having to add another chapter to the book on "How To Be Politically Correct About World War Two." The question that I had in my mind prior to the interview was, "would he identify me as a Black outsider and therefore unprivileged to his 'hidden transcript' or a less watered down version of his 'hidden transcript' concerning his experiences and viewpoints about the war, that he would discuss more openly had I been White or would the power of his memories overwhelm him and result in his 'hidden transcript being shown?" By the end of the interview, I had a little bit of both of these situations---with a twist.
URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~amnornes/darryl.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Randall, Ted (Ranster), 1916(?)-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1916
Speaker occupation: Engineer; Military personnel
Age at speaking: 82
Document location: Warren, MI
Document date: 1998
Interviewer: Penriece, Darryl
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Michigan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Biography; Interviews; Local history; Michigan; Michigan--History; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--History; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029297-32455