Deaf History That — “Angeline Fuller Fischer”

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Have you read a poem written by Angeline Fuller Fischer? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Linsay Darnall, Jr. stands in front of a wall of books. He takes out a book and sits down directly in front of the camera. A small transparent NAD logo appears on bottom right.

LINSAY: This book is called “The Venture” which was published in 1883 by Angeline Fuller Fischer. She was born in Illinois and became deaf when she was 13 years old. She then attended Illinois School for the Deaf. The teachers noticed her writing prowess and Angeline wrote beautiful poems. As she got older, she wrote more poems and became involved in the deaf community. When Gallaudet College was established, the college would only admit men at the time, not women. Angeline thought that was not right and began a letter-writing campaign to various outlets pointing out that women should also be admitted into the college. Eventually, Gallaudet began to admit women. She was involved with the National Association of the Deaf and met her future husband at one of the conferences. Later on, she moved and lived in Omaha, Nebraska and wrote poems for local newspapers and earned a title, “The Bard of Omaha”. Angeline also wrote many pieces to various papers such as The Deaf-Mute Journal, The Silent Worker, The American Annals for the Deaf and many more. Many people knew and respected Angeline for her intellect and for her advocacy for deaf women’s right to equality.

Linsay resumes reading from the same book before video fades to same grey background with white text “This video series is made possible by the Emanuel “Manny” Golden Visual History Fund.” In smaller text on the bottom, “National Association of the Deaf © 2016 All Rights Reserved”

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