Recommended Reading:
Deaf in America: Voices From a Culture   ISBN: 0674194241

-Carol Paden / Tom Humphries
One of the best introductions to American Deaf Culture by two of the Deaf World leaders.
Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community   ISBN: 1581210094

-Halan Lane
Lane's famous book touted as a manifesto for the Deaf community and Deaf empowerment. Revels the history of oppression of the Deaf including oralism and the paternalism of Hearing people.
When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf   ISBN: 0679720235

-Halan Lane
This book is one of the first real histories of the Deaf. Traces Deaf History from Clerc in France using many of his journals and writings.
American Sign Language Phrase Book   ISBN: 0809235005

-Lou Fant
A reference to everyday expressions in American Sign Language (ASL). Phrases, grouped in sections such as signing and deafness, getting acquainted, health, school, family, weather, travel, and religion, are illustrated with b&w drawings. Discusses ASL grammar, and includes a sign language alphabet.
Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard   ISBN: 067427041X

-Nora Ellen Groce
An extraordinary presentation of how indidivuals with significant hearing deficits on a genetic basis were accepted and integrated into the community of Martha's Vineyard for many generations. It interesting to discover that many of the original settlers in Martha's Vineyard in colonial times had significant auditory deafness due to hereditary factors . They and their decendants many of whom were deaf became vitally important members of the community
A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America   ISBN: 0930323491

-Van Cleve / Barry A Crouch
This book traces the history of the deaf people in America.
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Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community 

by Douglas Baynton (Author), Jack R. Gannon (Author), Jean Lindquist Bergey (Author)
A Journey into the Deaf-World 

by Harlan L. Lane, Robert Hoffmeister, and Ben Bahan