9780814798942

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814798942

  • ISBN10:

    0814798942

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-11-01
  • Publisher: NEW YORK UNIV PR

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Summary

View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003Burch'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 HistoryBurch 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 HistoryForcefully 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. In Signs 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.

Author Biography

Susan Burch is Associate Professor of History at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviations Frequently Usedp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Irony of Acculturationp. 7
Visibly Different: Sign Language and the Deaf Communityp. 42
The Extended Family: Associations of the Deafp. 67
Working Identities: Labor Issuesp. 99
The Full Court Press: Legal Issuesp. 129
Conclusion: The Irony of Acculturation, Continuedp. 168
Notesp. 175
Select Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 224
About the Authorp. 230
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