|The Deaf History Reader|
This collection edited by [John Vickrey] Van Cleve (formerly, Gallaudet Univ.; co-author, A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America, 1989) is a valuable addition to the ever-expanding library dealing with deaf culture. The nine chapters each focus on a facet of the deaf cultural experience within the U.S., from pioneers in the 17th and 18th centuries to the influential work of Philip J. Hasenstab, pastor and leader of the Chicago Mission for the Deaf in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Along the way, one discovers the pivotal role the eugenics movement played in the spread of the oralism tradition through the active ambiguous agency of Alexander Graham Bell. One chapter explores diverse genetic patterns of deafness as a means of examining the assimilationist or exclusiveness tendencies of various deaf community enclaves, such as Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, among others. Each of the contributors to this seminal text is an eminent historian who provides thorough documentation of the topic. Van Cleve does a masterful job of introducing each chapter, allowing readers to easily immerse themselves into the deaf world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Students and collections of deaf culture at all levels.
John Vickrey Van Cleve is Professor Emeritus of History at Gallaudet University.
Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-359-6, 6 x 9 paperback, 226 pages, 3 tables, 4 figures, 11 photographs
E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-403-6
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