Signs and Wonders
Religious Rhetoric and the Preservation of Sign Language
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Gallaudet University Press
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This book examines religious arguments for the preservation and use of sign language in historical documents and contemporary experiences related to deaf education, church ministries and congregations for deaf people, and activism in the...
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When I was a child growing up in the 1970s, my family had a Sunday morning routine. My brother and I would watch Popeye cartoons until we had to get ready for church. While we were cleaning up and changing, my mother or father...
1: Intersections of Deafness, Religion,and Rhetoric
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To better explore the intersections of deafness, religion, and rhetoric, I need to explore what those who have come before me have examined near these intersections. My project examines the intersections of all three of these in the...
2: Protestant Ideology and the Arguments for Sign Language in Late Nineteenth-Century Schools for Deaf Children
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The American School for the Deaf opened in 1817 with the initial mission to provide deaf students with a language and knowledge of God so they could be saved. As the previous chapter shows, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet argued that teaching...
3: Saved by Signs: The Role of the Sanctuary in the Preservation of Sign Language
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Protestant chapel and church services were important factors in the preservation of sign language. Ministers and many deaf educators of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries argued for the practical use of sign language in the chapel...
4: Religious Rhetoric in Deaf Community Activism and Advocacy
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As the previous chapters explain, residential schools and church sanctuaries provided opportunities for the deaf community to form social groups and to preserve sign language. Emerging from these interactions is a discourse that reflects...
5: Conclusion and Implications
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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Deaf advocacy for sign language in the United States was grounded in religious discourse. As Thomas H. Gallaudet brought education to deaf people in the United States with the opening...
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Page Count: 180
Illustrations: 10 photographs
Publication Year: 2014