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Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture

R. A. R. Edwards


During the early nineteenth century, schools for the deaf appeared in the United States for the first time. These schools were committed to the use of sign language to educate deaf students. Manual education made the growth of the deaf community possible, for it gathered deaf people together in sizable numbers for the first time in American history. It also fueled the emergence of deaf culture, as the schools became agents of cultural transformations. Just as the deaf community began to be recognized as a minority culture, in the 1850s, a powerful movement arose to undo it, namely oral educati ... More

Keywords: sign language, deaf students, deaf community, Deaf culture, oral education, deaf education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814722435
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. R. Edwards, author