Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-xx

These past several decades have been a time of advance for the deaf community in the United States. Deaf and hearing individuals alike have learned about the history and culture of the American deaf community

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xxi-xxii

First of all, Iwould like to thank the entire group of peddlers whose stories are featured in this book. Without them and without Don, I would not have this story to tell. If I hadn't come to know the peddling life firsthand, perhaps I wouldn't have been as motivated to better...

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prologue

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pp. xxiii-xxvi

From 1985 to 1996 I participated in thousands of such encounters, despite the fact that deaf peddling had never even been part of my vocabulary-not as a child growing up on a farm in Ohio, not as...

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CHAPTER ONE History of Deaf peddling

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pp. 1-11

The word "peddler" is derived from the Middle English ped, or basket. A peddler was one who carried his wares in a ped. To most people, the word conjures up an image of someone travelling from village to village...

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CHAPTER TWO My Story

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pp. 12-33

My parents are hearing. They are hardworking mic westerners with high moral standards. My mother is registered nurse, my father was in the military befm taking a civilian job at Wright Patterson Air Force Base...

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CHAPTER THREE Early Days on the Road

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pp. 34-56

As the doctor predicted, my first few months back at Gallaudet were difficult. Everything was new because I had to learn ways to accommodate my disability. I lost all of my friends from the year before, especially...

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CHAPTER FOUR O'Hare and Beyond

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pp. 57-83

I continued working for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, moving into a research and development project as a neural network engineer. I was working on an artificial intelligence project whose goal was to let fighter...

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CHAPTER FIVE On My Own

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pp. 84-100

I decided to move to Florida for the fresh air and sunshine, and settled in Orlando because of the huge number of tourists passing through the city's airport. After Chicago, Orlando felt like paradise. Orlando International Airport is...

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CHAPTER SIX Reflections and Renewal

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pp. 101-110

Most peddlers are motivated by a strong aversion to the alternative: working eight hours a day at $5 an hour for years on end. They look at people who work regular hours for low wages and view their situation as a bad...