author={Brian H Greenwald and John Vickrey Van Cleve},
  journal={The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era},
  pages={28 - 48}
Abstract Alexander Graham Bell stood at the intersection of two late nineteenth-century American social developments. First, a nascent deaf community, threaded by residential schools and the use of a shared visual language, began to form by the 1850s, drawing deaf people into regular interaction and intermarriage. Second, the American eugenics movement, determined to eliminate perceived social problems through reproductive restrictions, came to prominence as the century neared its end. Bell's… 

Music and Deafness in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. Imagination

  • Anabel Maler
  • Philosophy, Art
    Journal of the Society for American Music
  • 2022
Abstract This article argues that deaf musical knowledge became epistemically excluded from systems of musical thought in the United States as the result of a battle between two competing

Deaf intermarriage does not increase the prevalence of deafness alleles

Simulation results affirm predictions from classical equations and show that assortative mating only modestly increases the prevalence of phenotypically deaf individuals, with this effect mostly completed by the third generation.

Deaf intermarriage has limited effect on the prevalence of recessive deafness and no effect on underlying allelic frequency

Simulation results affirm predictions from classical equations and show that intense assortative mating only modestly increases the prevalence of deafness, with this effect mostly completed by the third generation, which is generalizable to other forms of recessive deafness.

Addressing Communication Barriers Among Deaf Populations Who Use American Sign Language in Hearing-Centric Social Work Settings

The primary mission of social workers is to provide services to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, including people who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL). It is imperative for



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Hereditary Deafness

It appears that congenital deafness has become artificially preserved in America, and is intensified by inter-marriages, until a deaf variety of the human race may be said to be established.

"TRUE LOVE AND SYMPATHY" The Deaf-Deaf Marriages Debate in Transatlantic Perspective

“I desire to draw attention to the fact that in this country deaf-mutes marry deaf-mutes,” said Alexander Graham Bell in his opening presentation to the November 1883 session of the American National

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This is the winner of the Wellcome book prize 2014. It is a New York Times Bestseller. Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that