Edwin Grosvenor

An early image of a Deaf community

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”.

Black and White sketch of a hand used in teaching the deaf community.

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