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Laurent Clerc (1785-1869)

31 minutes 2 seconds

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Reviews the life of Laurent Clerc, a deaf man, who became the first instructor of the deaf in America. Tells how he and Thomas Gallaudet brought sign language to America from France and established the first permanent school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. Includes interviews with historians and deaf educators. Signed, voiced, subtitled.

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Runtime: 31 minutes 2 seconds

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    February 20th, 2021 at 07:14 PM

    Very informative video! Excellent details and visuals make learning enjoyable.

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    Mai-Chi N. (Tucson, AZ)
    December 15th, 2020 at 11:58 PM

    Another Deaf History/Culture video! It's like any other educational video to be honest, but it's very informational and essential for people who are new to the Deaf Community.

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    Sandra K. (Marquette, MI)
    October 9th, 2019 at 09:17 AM

    This is a remarkable film on the life of Laurent Clerc and his involvement with the United States' education of Deaf people. This included his personal story and the history of Deaf education in the U.S. It has really enhanced my education in Deaf Studies.

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    Madelline P. (Tucson, AZ)
    September 4th, 2019 at 01:37 PM

    Really great film to learn how ASL came to be.

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    ROBERT & REBECCA B. (Ishpeming, MI)
    October 10th, 2018 at 02:41 AM

    This video is vital to everyone learning of Laurent Clerc.

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    Kelsey S. (Oro Valley, AZ)
    June 28th, 2018 at 02:38 AM

    This feature is very informative about not only Laurent Clerc, but on how schooling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing began in the United States.

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    Anonymous (Tucson, AZ)
    September 14th, 2015 at 09:06 AM

    Wonderful and informational video

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    Berenice P. (Sahuarita, AZ)
    February 5th, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    5 stars