The Flight of the Vin Fiz: Part I

The story of the Vin Fiz begins with the birth of Calbraith Perry Rodgers on January 1, 1879 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.  He was a descendent of famous US military heroes and celebrities that also bore the names of “Perry” and “Rodgers” throughout late 18th and 19th century American history.  Oliver Hazard Perry, Rodgers’ maternal great-grandfather, won a crucial…

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The International Deafness Controversy of 1880

One of the first concepts learned in deaf education or aural rehabilitation courses is the controversy over sign language (manualism) vs. oralism.  There is an undertone that oralism is better than manualism. It has been the root of much discussion in the deaf community as well as among educational and medical professionals since the inception of formal sign language…

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