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Deaf Employment Skyrockets

While deaf people are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military during World War I and World War II, wartime labor shortages provide many new job opportunities for deaf people. Many take manufacturing jobs, and new deaf communities, such as the one based around the Goodyear plant in Akron, Ohio, flourish. Meanwhile, in Europe, entire companies of deaf soldiers take up arms. In the field, commands are given using special signs that can be seen at a distance.

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LABOR AND THE WAR EFFORT

IMAGE CREDIT: GERRIT A. BENEKER, NATIONAL ARCHIVES

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