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Voice of Witness

“In a time when history is told in cheap television re-enactments, if at all, and personal tragedy is gobbled up in rapidly digestible magazine photos and reality shows, this project goes against the grain.” —Guardian

The Voice of Witness book series takes a humanizing, literary approach to oral history to illuminate the stories of people impacted by injustice across the world. It features a diversity of voices and issues, including wrongfully convicted Americans, undocumented immigrants, and individuals living under oppressive regimes in Burma, Zimbabwe and Colombia. Their personal stories offer readers an engaging understanding of issues that might otherwise seem abstract.

The books are read by readers of all stripes—from students to policymakers—and are taught worldwide in courses as disparate as social studies, constitutional law, comparative literature, Middle East Studies, and restorative justice.

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Edited by Evan Lyon and Peter Orner
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