This is a tale of two Booths – deaf father Edmund Booth
and hearing son Frank Booth – and their contradictions.
Deaf father Edmund was an adventurer in the 19th century –
deaf school teacher, homesteader, farmer, Gold Rush miner,
writer and newspaperman. He communicated in ASL.
Son Frank hated ASL and supported the oral education
of the deaf – and when he became the superintendent of
the Nebraska School for the Deaf, he suppressed anything
and everything that smacked of oralism.
Father Edmund, Son Frank, a sad tale of contradictions.