||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 The Midwest Book Review’s library newsletter Wisconsin Bookwatch
The combined effort of Douglas C. Baynton (Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa), Jack R. Gannon (Curator of the History Through Deaf Eyes exhibition), and Jean Lindquist Bergey (Director of the History Through Deaf Eyes Project, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC), “Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community” is the companion volume to an acclaimed PBS television documentary based on a landmark photographic exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in 2001 celebrating almost 200 years of United States Deaf History. The deaf have been a cultural and linguistic minority in America almost from its inception. The more than 200 photographs, the many quotes, and compelling stories compiled in “Through Deaf Eyes” provides the reader with informed and informative insights into a fascinating and specialized aspect of American history with respect to deaf people in school settings, the workplace, during wartime, the development and impact of American Sign Language, and more. “Through Deaf Eyes” is a superb and appreciated contribution to personal, academic, and community American history reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
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.