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Signs of resistance : American deaf cultural history, 1900 to World War II

Author: Susan Burch
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2002.
Series: History of disability series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"During the early nineteenth century, American schools for deaf education regarded sign language as the "natural language" of deaf people, using it as the principal mode of instruction and communication. These Schools inadvertently became the seedbeds of an emerging Deaf community and culture. But by mid-century, an oralist movement developed that sought to suppress sign language, removing Deaf teachers and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Burch
ISBN: 0814798918 9780814798911 0814798942 9780814798942
OCLC Number: 49942084
Description: ix, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Irony of acculturation --
Visibly different : sign language and the deaf community --
The extended family : associations of the deaf --
Working identities : labor issues --
The full court press : legal issues --
Irony of acculturation, continued.
Series Title: History of disability series.
Responsibility: Susan Burch.
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The author demonstrates that in 19th and 20th centuries and contrary to popular belief, the Deaf community defended its use of sign language as a distinctive form of communication, thus forming a  Read more...


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"Forcefully and gracefully narrates Deaf people's dramatic struggle against hearing oppression in the early twentieth century. Incorporating new data from archival research and community interviews, Read more...

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