Highly recommended "Deaf Classics" NonFiction Books applied to the AGBAB Protest Controvesty -
"Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign Against Sign Language" by
Douglas C. Baynton
Magnifique book on how the Milan Conference and the proponents of oral education of the deaf dramatically turn the American society into suppressing the use of sign language everywhere.
"Never the Twain Shall Meet: Bell, Gallaudet and the Communication Debate" by
Insightful book on how and what Edward Miner Gallaudet (EMG) and Alexander Graham Bell (AGB)'s communication debates greatly influenced the mindsets of American deaf education philsophy. In the book, EMG was mainly responsible for deprieving the deaf Gallaudet students from being in the formal teaching trainings within the "Normal Department" in response to the growing threats of AGB's influential contacts at the U.S. Captiol.
"Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Herditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard" by
Nora Ellen Grace
This book clearly pointed out Alexander Graham Bell's own hyprocrisy on the study of herditary deaf genes. AGB hid his own study on Martha Vineyard's deaf residents from the general public which contradicted his own agruments about deaf genes. The AGBAB organization was very infuriated with Author Nora Ellen Grace for exposing AGB's lies and deceits. The AGBAB supplied AGB's research notes to the author. The ABGBAB people knew about AGB's deceitful practices to the general public in name of his own ideology on what deaf people should be, etc.
The benefits of signings were frequently mentioned in the mixed community of deaf and hearing people in the 19th whaling community. Many deaf and hearing people used the spyglasses to sign to each others in ahead of its time - Videophone (VP).
"The Mask of Benevolence Disabling the Deaf Community" by Harlan Lane
"When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf" by Harlan Lane
Note: There are several videotapes with Patrick Graybill signed in ASL reading from Harlan Lane's book(s). Check out the Gallaudet Bookstore for this Graybill videotapes.
"The Deaf Experience: Classics in Language and Education" (Gallaudet Classics in
Deaf Studies Series, Vol. 5) by Harlan Lane
Robert L. Mason (RLM)