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Hist 339 - Selected Themes in U.S. History

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Shannon Gavin Hist 339 3 22 06 Interview Log For First Hour s Material Last year for my African American political science class I visited Gemeinschaft Home in Harrisonburg Virginia The purpose of Gemeinschaft Home is to provide a transitional therapeutic community program for gentlemen just released from prison basically it is a half way house between jail and the real world During my tour last year I learned about the programs goals rules residents and then contacted a lady who works there for my interview this semester Originally I set up an interview with a gentleman who I had come to know but complications arose when he backed out of the interview Natasha stepped in and organized for another resident named Greyson to help me with my project Because Natasha had set up this interview the power relationships shifted and I wondered if I would be looked at differently When I met with Greyson he was very apprehensive to start talking with me at first and as the interview progressed he opened up more shared more and smiled more The interview was conducted in one of the neutral meeting rooms away from the residential section of the house with each of us sitting on opposite sides of a small table For the beginning of the interview Greyson sat far back in his chair with his hands across his chest and away from the recorder However with more intimate questions and with my obvious nonaccusatory motive Greyson relaxed spoke closer to the recorder and enjoyed recounting some of his favorite stories A few topics I think might have pinched a few nerves were family talking negatively about Gemeinschaft Home and his crime he originally committed I opened up the interview with basic easy going questions however when I asked about his family he pulled away from the conversation He said that his mother and father were both deceased and that he had brothers and sisters He did not seem to want to go into any family dynamics history or problems even when probed I had wanted to see if



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