Fenwick Scholar Program

Date of Award


Project Type


First Advisor

Ross W. Beales, Jr.

Second Advisor

Diane Bell

Third Advisor

Rev. Joseph Bruce, S.J.


While there is an abundance of research on twentieth-century manifestations of Deaf culture, the nineteenth-century roots have been largely overlooked. The creation of residential schools for the deaf gave the Deaf population a place to meet and share ideas, for the first time in American history. The close and sustained contact generated cultural development. This thesis addresses the development of a cultural identity among the Deaf population by attempting to compare the experiences and opinions of the Deaf and hearing communities as they existed in nineteenth-century America.