A Mighty Change: An Anthology of Deaf American Writing, by Christopher Krentz

By Christopher Krentz

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He came from France in 1816 to help found the first permanent school for deaf students in the United States, and taught there for over four decades. An excellent instructor and role model, Clerc had tremendous impact on his pupils, some of whom went on to become teachers, community leaders, and heads of other deaf schools. Deaf Americans linked Clerc with Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and revered them both as their benefactors. Louis Laurent Marie Clerc was born December 26, 1785, in LaBalme, France.

9 The English language must be taught to the Deaf and Dumb, as the Greek or Latin is taught in the Colleges to the young Americans who attend the classes of this kind. Now, will you, Ladies and Gentlemen, give yourselves the trouble of interrogating the professors of the Colleges, and asking them the time required to put a pupil in a state to understand fully the Greek and Latin authors, and to write their thoughts in either of these languages, so as to make them understood by those who would speak these languages, then you would agree with me that 9.

Printers, 1818), 12. 8. H. : Case, Tiffany, and Burnham, 1847), 29. 9. Nora Ellen Groce, Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985). 10. Although they have diverged considerably over the years, ASL still resembles French Sign Language more closely than any other signed language. See James Woodward, ‘‘Historical Bases of American Sign Language,’’ in Understanding Language through Sign Language Research, ed. : Gallaudet University Press, 1992), 15.

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