There were previous research findings provided below that were written in 1970 by Oscar Guire and 1979 by A. Goodstein and M. Walworth that they created Gallaudet reading materials and reading exercise.
Update: After discussing with David Evans on his blog, I decided to copy and paste so that you can see underlying historical findings.
Barb DiGi on 03 May 2007 at 10:05 am #
I am doing a vlog on this on next and there is a slightly different information about Douglas Craig. In your journal, it said that he was not deaf at that time when he was found by the Senator as he later contracted a disease causing deafness.
Now in my notes, it said that he could not speak or talk that prompted the Senator to transport him to Kendall Green which made sense for Douglas Craig to end up there. Theoritically, if he wasn’t deaf then why would he be brought there at the first place? Anywa,k I had to do some more research and came up with this link Douglas Craig by Goodstein and Walworth. So what do you think?
Also that he was about 7 or 8 years old when being discovered in the street and that after attending Kendall, he was about 14 years old when he started with his landscaping job.
David Evans on 03 May 2007 at 8:39 pm #
Hi Barb! It’s possible that he was already deaf when the Senator picked him up– I’m merely posting a summarization of what I typed at the time of each presentation, so it’s possible I made an error. I do remember Joyner saying that he became ill at some point– whether this caused his deafness or not, I may be wrong about that.
The link is interesting, but given that that book was published some time ago, and Joyner is currently conducting her dissertation research on Craig (which is why she presented her paper at the conference), I’d have to say that it’s very possible she’s turned up new or additional information.
As for Craig’s age, it’s my understanding that no one, including himself, knew exactly how old he was. I can’t remember the date now, but I recall Joyner saying that he chose a date and celebrated his birthday on that day, regardless of when his actual birthdate might have been.
Barb DiGi on 08 May 2007 at 2:51 pm #
Now do you have any information that Senator Harrison Craig was friends with Thomas H. Gallaudet or Edward M. Gallaudet?
How did the senator know about Kendall Green and based on which friendship did he form?
My notes said Thomas H. Gallaudet but someone challenged me in my blog that it was Edward. I thought he may be right because of the timeline that Thomas died before 1851 but it may be possible that the senator befriended him before Edward’s time. Can you help me verify? Thanks!
David Evans on 10 May 2007 at 3:00 am #
Barb, no I don’t. But in trying to answer your question, I came up with both an answer and a new question.
As to your original query, it was most likely EMG that he was friends with. D.C. was a rather small city back then, and the number of the elite was smaller than it is now. Additionally, EMG spent a fair amount of time up on Capitol Hill ensuring that funding would continue or increase, if possible. Also, EMG was members of exclusive clubs, such as the Cosmos Club, which gave him access to the wheelers and dealers in political and social circles.
However, I tried finding a Senator Harrison Craig, both online and off-line. I couldn’t find a U.S. Senator by that name; I *did* find an Andrew Harrison Cragin, who was Senator from New Hampshire at the right time period to have found Douglas Craig. I’m now wondering what the original source is for the information on who found Douglas Craig, and if maybe the information has been misinterpreted over the years…?