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050 00 HV2426.B39|bB66 2021
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100 1 Booth, Katie|c(Writing instructor),|eauthor.
245 14 The invention of miracles :|blanguage, power, and
Alexander Graham Bell's quest to end deafness /|cKatie
250 First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
264 1 New York :|bSimon & Schuster,|c
300 ix, 402 pages ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (page -386) and
520 "An astonishingly revisionist biography of Alexander
Graham Bell, telling the true-and troubling-story of the
inventor of the telephone. We think of Alexander Graham
Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but that's not how
he saw his own career. Bell was an elocution teacher by
profession. As the son of a deaf woman and, later, husband
to another, his goal in life from adolescence was to teach
the deaf to speak. Even his tinkering sprang from his
teaching work; the telephone had its origins as a speech
reading machine. And yet by the end of his life, despite
his best efforts-or perhaps, more accurately, because of
them-Bell had become the American Deaf community's most
powerful enemy. The Invention of Miracles recounts an
extraordinary piece of forgotten history. Weaving together
a moving love story with a fascinating tale of innovation,
it follows the complicated tragedy of a brilliant young
man who set about stamping out what he saw as a dangerous
language: Sign. The book offers a heartbreaking look at
how heroes can become villains and how good intentions are,
unfortunately, nowhere near enough-as well as a powerful
account of the dawn of a civil rights movement and the
triumphant tale of how the Deaf community reclaimed their
once-forbidden language. Katie Booth has been researching
this story for over a decade, poring over Bell's papers,
Library of Congress archives, and the records of deaf
schools around America. But she's also lived with this
story for her entire life. Witnessing the damaging impact
of Bell's legacy on her family would set her on a path
that upturned everything she thought she knew about
language, power, deafness, and the telephone"--|cProvided
600 10 Bell, Alexander Graham,|d1847-1922.
600 17 Bell, Alexander Graham,|d1847-1922.|2fast
650 0 Deaf|xMeans of communication|zUnited States|xHistory.
650 0 Speech|xStudy and teaching|zUnited States|xHistory.
650 0 Deaf|xEducation|zUnited States|xHistory.
650 7 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.|2bisacsh
650 7 Deaf|xEducation.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst00888447
650 7 Deaf|xMeans of communication.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst00888490
650 7 Speech|xStudy and teaching.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01129173
651 7 United States.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01204155
655 7 History.|2fast|0(OCoLC)fst01411628
655 7 Biographies.|2lcgft
776 08 |iOnline version:|aBooth, Katie (Writing instructor).
|tInvention of miracles|dNew York : Simon & Schuster,