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Gaillard in Deaf America

A Portrait of the Deaf Community 1917

Henri Gaillard, Bob Buchanan, Editor, Translated by William Sayers

Publication Year: 2002

In 1917, Henri Gaillard led a delegation of deaf French men to the United States for the centennial celebration of the American School for the Deaf (ASD). The oldest school for deaf students in America, ASD had been cofounded by renowned deaf French teacher Laurent Clerc, thus inspiring Gaillard’s invitation. Gaillard visited deaf people everywhere he went and recorded his impressions in a detailed journal. His essays present a sharply focused portrait of the many facets of Deaf America during a pivotal year in its history.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press

Series: Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series

TItle Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-18

Our understanding of the culture, contributions, and history of this nation’s deaf community has grown greatly over the past thirty years. This is due in no small measure to an increasingly varied collection of popular as well as academic works in fiction...

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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT The Universal Magic of Sign Language

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pp. 19-51

We were disappointed to not meet at the convention Dr. Edward Miner Gallaudet, sole surviving son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and founder of the national college of post-secondary education for the deaf in Washington. E. M. Gallaudet has been a...

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pp. 52-91

The express train from Hartford to New York took about four hours. Along with us were Mr. Spear and Mr. Pach, two remarkable deaf businessmen. Mr. Spear is a manufacturer of envelopes in Minneapolis.1 He invented a system of envelopes for samples...

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ALBANY On Advances Made by Deaf Americans

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pp. 92-98

Mr. Bailey took us to the Department of Public Education. There was a huge gallery running along the string of offices. Portable bulletin boards were set up at intervals, providing information and statistics on education in the state. Naturally, this...

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BUFFALO A Charming and Friendly Welcome

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pp. 99-105

As we sat in the long railway car, wide and bright, with rows of seats for two passengers on each side of the aisle and tables that went up and down, we saw some young men who were signing. One of them greeted us, saying that he had seen us at a picnic...

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AKRON Mecca of Opportunity

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pp. 106-117

The trip by train along the Ohio River, its water colored yellow by the clay, was interesting. Rich fields and market gardens, fields of grain, vines and orchards; towns and villages, some of which have French names; views of Lake Erie in the distance;...

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PITTSBURGH With the Warmest Memories

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pp. 118-120

In order not to subject ourselves to the fatigue of a long train trip by night to Philadelphia, we decided to stop in Pittsburgh and spend a few evening hours there before sleeping at a hotel. It was also our intention to meet Frank R. Gray, a remarkable...

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PHILADELPHIA For Our Little World

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pp. 121-136

I had already seen Philadelphia in 1893 and it was part of my plan to show my traveling companions the famous City of Brotherly Love, which is at the forefront of those cities with strong ties of affection to France. And as luck would have it, the Rev. C. O. Dantzer, the deaf...

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WASHINGTON, D.C. What the Deaf Are Capable Of

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pp. 137-151

When the train brought the French delegation to the capital of the United States on the evening of Monday, July 23, a group of deaf gentlemen were waiting at the station. Among them were Messrs. Hannan, Pfunder, Rev. Merril, Stewart, and others. Our...

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NEW YORK,THE SECOND VISIT His Magical Sleight of Hand

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pp. 152-163

On our return to the Hotel Theresa I had found among a number of letters one from the hand of Mr. Eugene Lynch, the secretary of the New York board for the society called the Knights of de l’Épée. This Roman Catholic group of the deaf had invited us...

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pp. 164-166

In the subway on our return from Hartford we met a charming young couple who were also on their way home. The husband offered us his business card on which we saw that he was the owner of a garage. He asked us to come and visit him. One morning, Graff and I decided to cross the Hudson...

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pp. 167-169

There are interesting things to be said about the life the delegates led aboard ship, especially in a time of war and with the risk of submarines, but this is beyond our subject. What is more relevant and noteworthy is the behavior of the deaf with the hearing...

APPENDIX Speech by M. Edwin A. Hodgson

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pp. 170-190


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pp. 191-205

E-ISBN-13: 9781563682070
E-ISBN-10: 1563682079
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563681226
Print-ISBN-10: 1563681226

Page Count: 212
Illustrations: 1 table
Publication Year: 2002

Series Title: Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies Series