You are here

From "Silence and Darkness"

Title: From "Silence and Darkness": Historical Origins of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 1883 to 1917.
Name(s): Mikutel, Douglas W., author
MacDonald, Victoria-Maria, professor directing dissertation
Beckham, Joseph, outside committee member
Shargel, Emanuel, committee member
Milton, Sande, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2004
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: From "Silence and Darkness:" Historical Origins of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 1883 to 1917 is an early institutional history of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) covering the first 34 years of the school's existence. The study examines three areas for discreet spans of time: 1) external forces influencing institutional creation and operation, 2) institutional administrative and academic structure, and 3) institutional student life and instruction. To uncover the history of the school, the study considers Florida educational records, newspaper archives, historical articles from professional journals from organizations of deaf education, materials printed by the school as well as secondary sources among the body of special education literature. This study illuminates areas of the history of education that have been largely ignored and adds to the body of the few institutional histories of deaf and blind institutions that exist. This study reveals that FSDB began under the protective governorship of William Bloxham as Thomas Hines Coleman sought his goal of founding a deaf and blind school, muddling through subsequent gubernatorial administrations, navigating its way through allegations of mismanagement and cruelty, learning to operate effectively in a political environment, and finally beginning to flourish under the leadership of school President Walker. Throughout the unfolding of the history, this work shows differences between the treatment of the races, genders, and disabilities. Some difference may be attributed to direct and intentional actions while others are coincidental.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2440 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2004.
Date of Defense: April 29, 2004.
Keywords: History Of Education, Deaf And Blind Education, Florida Education, History Of Special Education, FSDB
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Victoria-Maria MacDonald, Professor Directing Dissertation; Joseph Beckham, Outside Committee Member; Emanuel Shargel, Committee Member; Sande Milton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
Persistent Link to This Record:
Use and Reproduction: This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). The copyright in theses and dissertations completed at Florida State University is held by the students who author them.
Host Institution: FSU

Choose the citation style.
Mikutel, D. W. (2004). From "Silence and Darkness": Historical Origins of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 1883 to 1917. Retrieved from