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Laurent Clerc (1785-1869)

32 minutes

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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: 32 minutes

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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