||Through Deaf Eyes
A Photographic History of an American Community
Douglas C. Baynton, Jack R. Gannon,
Visit the Gallaudet University National Deaf Life Museum’s online exhibition, History Through Deaf Eyes, which includes access to the documentary, Through Deaf Eyes, along with archival photographs and a discussion guide.
From Library Journal
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 an associate professor of history and American Sign Language at the University of Iowa.
Jack R. Gannon was former Special Assistant for Advocacy to the president of Gallaudet University.
Jean Lindquist Bergey is an outreach liaison and director of the History Through Deaf Eyes project at Gallaudet University.