One course I am taking this quarter is "Deaf History" and we need to do an essay that is due during the mid-term week. This essay is related to chapter ten of Christopher Krentz's book titled "A Mighty Change".
Chapter ten discusses debates about creating a Deaf Commonwealth and points out that this was not a new idea. Several important figures in Deaf History, including Laurent Clerc have suggested or talked about retaining property where Deaf people could settle and create communities.
In the late 1850's John Jacobus Flournoy started the most ambitious debate for a Deaf Commonwealth. The majority of responders were against the idea of creating a Deaf Commonwealth, including many Deaf people. Krentz says a possible reason for the majority of Deaf responders being against this Deaf Commonwealth is because they were educated and had jobs and did not experince the hardship Flournoy and other Deaf people experinced in the South.
The assignment is to write an essay explaining my side and why. I think I am going to support the idea of creating a Deaf Commonwealth. I just need to finish reading the chapter to find supporting points, but I thought I will post this on my blog and see what others think of creating a Deaf Commonwealth. I do not care if you support the idea or not, but please share the reasons why you support or do not support the idea of creating a Deaf Commonwealth.
I am going to work on two different versions why I support and how a Deaf Commonwealth can be accomplished so Deaf people have two choices on how to proceed and accomplish this dream.
Monday, September 19, 2005