In a previous post I introduced my Swedish immigrant ancestors the Andersons, who came here in search of the American dream. The Andersons had two children, Wallace and Pearl.
Pearl was my great grandmother and Wallace grew up to have a family of his own, with a wife and three children. But Wallace and his wife Jenny had a problem. You see they were both deaf, and although Wallace had a job and could support his family, deaf people were not allowed to raise children.
Rather than subject their children to the hazards of being raised by deaf parents who loved them, the authorities told Wallace and his wife that they must send their children to live with relatives or the children would live in an institution.
In today’s world this seems tragic and brutal. We feel the heartbreak those families must have endured. We can feel sorrow for the damage caused to those three…
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