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Through Deaf Eyes
A Photographic History of an American Community

Douglas C. Baynton, Jack R. Gannon, and Jean Lindquist Bergey

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This volume, a companion to a PBS documentary inspired by Gallaudet University’s traveling social history exhibition “History Through Deaf Eyes,” brings together a range of historical source materials, present-day commentary, and photographs to provide an eye-catching history of the deaf, and deaf education, in America. Here, Baynton (history, Univ. of Iowa), along with Jack Gannon and Jean Lindquist Bergey (both involved in the original project and exhibition), traces the social and educational struggles of these individuals. Of particular interest is the work by Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, who became interested in the education of a neighbor’s deaf child and went on to become a pioneer in deaf education, and Alexander Graham Bell, whose wife and mother were deaf. The book traces Bell’s criticism of residential schools, sign language, deaf teachers, and deaf marriage. The authors continue their history up to Gallaudet University’s first deaf president, chosen in 1988 after students protested the selection of another hearing president. This informative and well-illustrated volume is recommended for undergraduate and large public libraries.

—Nancy Larrabee, Greenburgh P.L., Elmsford, NY

Douglas C. Baynton is Associate Professor, American Cultural History, History of Disabilities, and the American Sign Language Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Jack R. Gannon is former Special Assistant for Advocacy to the president of Gallaudet University and is the curator of the History Through Deaf Eyes exhibition.

Jean Lindquist Bergey is the Outreach Liaison and History Through Deaf Eyes Director, College of Professional Studies and Outreach, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

ISBN 978-1-56368-347-3, 8½ x 11 hardcover, 200 pages, photographs, references, index


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