Signs of Resistance American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to World War II

ISBN-10: 0814798942

ISBN-13: 9780814798942

Edition: 2004

Authors: Susan Burch

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . ChoiceOutstanding Academic Title 2003 "Burch's rich and well-researched chronicle of the U.S. Deaf community's efforts to claim and shape their full participation in public life between 1900 and 1942 reminds historians of the many forms debates have taken in U.S. history regarding how a proper citizen should look, act, and speak." Reviews in American History "Burch offers insightful comparisons. Her book is important to the fields of Deaf studies and disability studies, but it will appeal to social historians as well." Journal of American History "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, Burch applies tools of social analysis to challenge earlier interpretations that underestimated Deaf people's success in preserving their core values. The resulting study is fascinating and important to students of American social history and disability."John Van Cleve, Gallaudet University During the 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 beginning in the 1880s, an oralist movement developed that sought to suppress sign language, removing Deaf teachers and requiring deaf people to learn speech and lip reading. Historians have all assumed that in the early decades of the twentieth century oralism triumphed overwhelmingly. Susan Burch shows us that everyone has it wrong; not only did Deaf students continue to use sign language in schools, hearing teachers relied on it as well. InSigns of Resistance, Susan Burch persuasively reinterprets early twentieth century Deaf history: using community sources such as Deaf newspapers, memoirs, films, and oral (sign language) interviews, Burch shows how the Deaf community mobilized to defend sign language and Deaf teachers, in the process facilitating the formation of collective Deaf consciousness, identity and political organization.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations Frequently Used
Introduction
The 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
Conclusion: The Irony of Acculturation, Continued
Notes
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Index
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