“The utmost extreme to which tyranny can go when its mailed hand descends upon a conquered people is the proscription of their national language…What heinous crime have the deaf been guilty of that their language should be proscribed?"
Why is George Veditz famous in the deaf world?
While he is best known for his efforts to preserve and nurture sign language by capturing it on film, Veditz's many contributions to the deaf community changed the course of deaf history during a time when deaf people were struggling to preserve their own culture and language.
Edward Miner Gallaudet, the son of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the first school for deaf students in the United States, became the new school's superintendent. Congress authorized the institution to confer college degrees in 1864, and President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill into law.
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