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One way to organize historical experience is simply to place events within a chronological series. This is the purpose of the timeline, which gives an overview of relevant developments between 1960 and 1980. The two blackouts that are the focus of this project are described in detailed narratives for 1965 and 1977.

Despite the heuristic value of a timeline, both time and memory are distorted when forced into the straightjacket of linear sequence. History is more likely to be experienced and remembered according to the rules of storytelling, which is captured in the section on survivor stories. The connections made within and between these stories are the reason for this project's existence; they allow the history of the blackouts to become a collaborative learning process, rather than a disparate collection of flickering memories.


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