Westward expansion, industrial growth, new transportation systems, and increased government, church, and individual support of public education in the 1800s made it possible to establish school for deaf children throughout the nation. Deaf children attended residential schools and often lived at the "asylum" many months of the year. Schools became the place where children and adults formed a Deaf community, shared a visual language and common experiences.
     
  A Place of Our Own

From Asylum to School

A Language Shared By Hand and Heart

A Very Solemn Responsibility

State School in an Expanding Nation

A College

Segregated Schools

Home Away from Home

Classroom Learning

Home Skills -- Training for Girls

Trades and Training for Boys

After School

Together in the Dorms

Winning, Losing, and Learning

Family Ties

Little Paper Family

The Silent Worker (1906)
Gallaudet University Archives

 

 

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