Record Details

Catalog Search

Fighting in the shadows : the untold story of deaf people in the Civil War / Harry G. Lang.

Lang, Harry G. (Author).

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Kirtland Community College Library E 627 .L36 2017 30775305532906 General Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781563686801
  • ISBN: 1563686805
  • Physical Description: xv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-249) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Timeline of major events in the Civil War -- Life in the shadows -- The nation's destiny -- Shoulder arms! -- Writers and poets take sides -- Opposing spirits: Laura Redden and Susan Archer Talley -- Schools in turmoil -- Living precariously -- Soldier stories: The Federals -- Soldier stories: The Confederates -- Deafness among the commanders -- A different drum beat -- Out of the shadows.
Summary, etc.:
"This visually rich volume presents Harry G. Lang's groundbreaking study of deaf people's experiences in the Civil War. Based on meticulous archival research, Fighting in the Shadows reveals the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary deaf soldiers and civilians who lived during this transformative period in American history. Lang documents the participation of deaf soldiers in the war, whose personal tests of fortitude and perseverance have not been previously explored. There were also many deaf people in noncombat roles whose stories have not yet been told--clerks and cooks, nurses and spies, tradespeople supporting the armies, farmers supplying food to soldiers, and landowners who assisted (or resisted) troops during battles. Deaf writers, diarists, and artists documented the war. Even deaf children contributed actively to the war efforts. Lang pieces together hundreds of stories, accompanied by numerous historical images, to reveal a powerful new perspective on the Civil War. These soldiers and civilians were not "disabled" by their deafness. On the contrary, despite the marginalization and paternalism they experienced in society, they were able to apply their skills and knowledge to support the causes in which they ardently believed. Fighting in the Shadows is a story of how deaf civilians and soldiers put aside personal concerns about deafness, in spite of the discrimination they faced daily, in order to pursue a cause larger than themselves. Yet their stories have remained in the shadows, leaving most Americans, hearing and deaf, largely unaware of the deaf people who made significant contributions to the events that changed the course of our nation's history. This book provides new insights into Deaf history as well as into mainstream interpretations of the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Participation, Deaf.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Deaf.
Deaf > United States > History > 19th century.
Deaf > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

Additional Resources