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Celebrate National Deaf History Month

Spotlight on Author Harry G. Lang

By Angela Leppig Date: April 11, 2024

This National Deaf History Month, GUP is pleased to spotlight the contributions of Harry G. Lang!

A photo of Harry G. Lang wearing a suit and tie

"People often ask me how I find so many interesting stories. I reply by saying I do 'NIH research' and ask them if they know what NIH stands for. Invariably, someone in the audience will respond 'National Institutes of Health.' I tell them that I do a different kind of 'NIH research'—'Needle in the Haystack Research.' In other words, I read many books, articles, unpublished family records, biographies, and other documents, looking for relevant facts and anecdotes. I search the internet and then, as much as possible, I back up relevant findings by contacting families or locating original 'primary' sources of information (correspondence, diaries, etc.). The mosaic of research findings are then assembled using an inductive approach, drawing generalizations from the many pieces."  Harry G. Lang on his research process for Fighting in the Shadows

Turn on the Words! Deaf Audiences, Captions, and the Long Struggle for Access

"Showcases how grassroots and Deaf-led innovation was always at the forefront of captioning and accessible entertainment. As Lang’s book makes clear - deaf communities were not passive consumers and were not given access. For over a century, deaf individuals and organizations have been creating the technologies, networks, and movements for media access on their own terms while simultaneously working for structural reforms through federal legislation and rulemaking." — Kaitlin Stack Whitney, Disability & Society

A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell

"This untold story of self-activity is a 'missing' chapter in the still unfolding history of the nation's deaf community and, likely, the work's most lasting contribution." — Bob Buchanan, Disability Studies Quarterly

Fighting in the Shadows: Untold Stories of Deaf People in the Civil War

"Undoubtedly Fighting in the Shadow’s addition to the deaf historiography represents an important contribution from Lang — it is the first historical book on deaf people in the Civil War. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in deaf history. It also belongs on the shelf of any serious Civil War scholar." — William Ennis, Deaf History International Newsletter

Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story

"Lang illustrates how this phenomenal teacher was shaped by life experiences and the powerful influences of other great teachers." — Willy Conley, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer

"Lang paints a portrait of a charismatic adventurer, devoted family man, and human rights advocate." — History, Reviews of New Books 

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