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Deaf Heritage
A Narrative History of Deaf America

Including a new author’s preface

Jack R. Gannon

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The Seventh Volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series

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The original publication of Gannon’s Deaf Heritage in 1981 marked a watershed moment in Deaf community history. Previously, narrow, medicalized interpretations of Deaf people primarily dominated scholarly studies and shaped mainstream views. Celebrating Deaf Americans as a distinct cultural group, Gannon offered a history “through deaf eyes.” Panoramic in scope, Deaf Heritage presents a comparatively elite US community unified by American Sign Language, educational experiences, activist and social organizations, folklore, and values. In short, the author mapped the foundation of Deaf cultural history in the US and contributed directly to the emergence of Deaf studies as a scholarly interdisciplinary field. Re-released after three decades, Deaf Heritage includes an updated preface that offers a sweeping study of Deaf community accomplishments since 1981. As Gannon notes, significant change has marked US and global cultural Deaf history since the early 1980s. Hopefully, readers inspired by this classic reference work will contribute new chapters to the study of Deaf communities in the US and beyond. Summing Up: Essential. All general and undergraduate libraries, especially those who do not have the 1981 edition.

Jack R. Gannon is former Special Assistant for Advocacy to the president of Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

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