Early Development of Teaching the Deaf by Oral and Manual Methods (18th and 19th Century) National Education Association of the United States, Proceedings of meeting held in the Senate chamber, Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 16th, 1884: to… Read More »Bibliography on Bell and the Teaching of the Deaf
Bell deserves better than the Ms. Booth’s character assassination. He was a true humanitarian who organized protests against racial segregation, supported women’s suffrage, and gave talks about the threat of declining natural resources and global… Read More »Bell Was a True Humanitarian, and Deserves Better Than Distortion and Fictionalizing.
Katie Booth repeats the silly idea that Italian-American Antonio Meucci may have invented the telephone in 1871, long before Bell. No serious historian of early telecommunication believes the Meucci claims. Years after Bell was granted… Read More »Antonio Meucci Was Not Even Close to Inventing a Telephone.
In addition to her errors about Bell and the deaf, Ms. Booth gives a distorted and incomplete history of the invention of the telephone. She claims that Bell and Elisha Gray were neck and neck… Read More »Bell Was the Sole Inventor of the Telephone.
But the biggest scandal of the Cleveland Administration erupted when New York newspapers discovered Pan-Electric had bribed U.S. Attorney General Augustus Garland to work with them and bring the suit against Bell. Garland received $500,000… Read More »The Bogus Allegations that Bell Stole the Telephone Led to an Infamous Scandal.
Bell’s Involvement with Eugenics Has Been Mischaracterized. He Fought to Protect the Deaf and Later Disassociated from the “Eugenicist Cranks”.
Bell became interested in “eugenics” because of his interest in sheep breeding, with 26 years of experiments in Canada. Later he became interested in longevity as a genetic disposition in some communities. But he never… Read More »Bell’s Involvement with Eugenics Has Been Mischaracterized. He Fought to Protect the Deaf and Later Disassociated from the “Eugenicist Cranks”.
Ms. Booth writes that “Bell didn’t just want my family’s language and culture to be obliterated – he wanted us as a people to be obliterated,” and he used “his place of power to advocate… Read More »Bell Did Not Want the Deaf Sterilized or “Eradicated.”
Bell and every other scientist in the 19th Century had a poor understand of how genetics worked. Even the simplest mechanisms of genes were unknown until Mendel’s discoveries were published after 1900. Most scientists believed… Read More »Genetics Were Widely Misunderstood in the 19th Century.
Bell Opposed Marriage of the Deaf Less Than Most Educators in the 19th Century, Including the Faculty at What Is Now Gallaudet University
Katie Booth claims that Bell wanted “their marriages to each other forbidden, their procreation ceased.” This is not true. Like nearly every other teacher of the deaf at the time, Bell did worry that if… Read More »Bell Opposed Marriage of the Deaf Less Than Most Educators in the 19th Century, Including the Faculty at What Is Now Gallaudet University