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Sharon Barker, interviewed by Laura Finkel


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

A series of fifteen interviews recorded between 1994 - 1997 by Laura Finkel concerning anti-war movement, protests, and activities on the campus at the University of Maine during the Vietnam War era (1964 - 1973).


  • Creation: 1994-1998


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From the Collection: 17 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


4412 Sharon Barker, interviewed by Laura Finkel, July 19, 1996, in the Women in Curriculum/Women’s Resource Center conference room on the University of Maine campus. Barker brought several things with her to the interview including yearbooks, a photo album, an essay she wrote, and some personal items from the late 1960s, early 1970s. Barker speaks of being a migrant from Canada and feeling out of touch as a teenager but recalling the patriotic mindset of people in Fort Fairfield and five boys from her high school class enlisting with the Marine Corps before graduation; starting at UMaine in fall 1967; taking a college course, "Current World Problems" with instructor Bud Schoenberger that helped her develop critical thinking skills; the death of Mike Ketch, a childhood friend, after being in-country for only four days; recognizing the Vietnam War's impact on her personal life through the death and injuries of male friends and classmates killed in the war; feelings of guilt "through our whole generation" about those who had to serve and those who did not or could not serve; feeling protective of soldiers and protesting the war; not knowing many people in the protest movement; going to Peace Marches in Washington, D.C.; carrying John Goddaire's name in the March Against Death and later meeting his brother. Recording: 2 cassettes, c2462_01 and 02, c2463_01 and 02, not digitized, approx. 180 minutes. Text: Transcript, 112 p.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States