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Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was a deafblind American author, activist and lecturer.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her disabilities were caused by a fever in February, 1882 when she was 19 months old. Her loss of ability to communicate at such an early developmental age was very traumatic for her and her family and as a result she became quite unmanageable.

Biography

Childhood

Keller was born at an estate called Ivy Green, on June 27, 1880 to parents Captain Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller. She was not born blind and deaf, but was actually a typical, healthy infant. It was not until nineteen months later that she came down with an illness that the doctors described as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain" - Scarlet Fever. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak. By age seven she had invented over sixty different signs that she could use to communicate with her family.

In 1886, her mother Kate Keller was inspired by an account in Charles Dickens' American Notes of the successful education of another deaf/blind child, Laura Bridgman, and travelled to a specialist doctor in Baltimore for advice. He put her in touch with local expert Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Bell advised the couple to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Bridgman had been educated, which was then located in South Boston, Massachusetts. The school delegated teacher and former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired and then only 20 years old, to try to open up Helen's mind. It was the beginning of a 49-year period of working together.

Sullivan demanded and got permission from Helen's father to isolate the girl from the rest of the family in a little house in their garden. Her first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. Helen's big breakthrough in communication came one day when she realized that the motions her teacher was making on her palm, while running cool water over her palm from a pump, symbolized the idea of "water" and nearly exhausted Sullivan demanding the names of all the other familiar objects in her world (including her prized doll).

Anne was able to teach Helen to think intelligibly and to speak, using the Tadoma method: touching the lips of others as they spoke, feeling the vibrations, and spelling of alphabetical characters in the palm of Helen's hand. She also learned to read English, French, German, Greek, and Latin in braille.

Education

In 1888, Helen attended Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1894, Helen and Anne moved to New York City to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. In 1898 they returned to Massachusetts and Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. In 1904 at the age of 24, Helen graduated from Radcliffe cum laude, becoming the first deaf and blind person to graduate from a college.

Helen Keller, graduation from Radcliffe College, c. 1904

Political activities

With tremendous willpower Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. She made it her own life's mission to fight for the sensorially handicapped in the world. In 1915 she founded Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization for preventing blindness. Helen and Anne Sullivan traveled all over the world to over 39 countries, and made several trips to Japan, becoming a favorite of the Japanese people. Helen Keller met every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland to John F. Kennedy and was friends with many famous figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain.

Helen Keller was a member of the socialist party and actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working classes from 1909 to 1921. She supported Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Debs in each of his campaigns for the presidency. Her political views were reinforced by visiting workers. In her words, "I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. If I could not see it, I could smell it."

Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she came out as a socialist now called attention to her disabilities. The editor of the Brooklyn Eagle wrote that her "mistakes sprung out of the manifest limitations of her development." Keller responded to that editor, referring to having met him before he knew of her political views:

"At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him...Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent."

Helen Keller also joined the industrial union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), in 1912 after she felt that parliamentary socialism was "sinking in the political bog." Helen Keller wrote for the IWW between 1916 and 1918. In "Why I Became an IWW" Helen wrote that her motivation for activism came in part due to her concern about blindness and other disabilities:

"I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. And the social evil contributed its share. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness."

Helen Keller wrote glowingly of the emergence of communism during the Russian Revolution (See ISBN 0684818868). Her contacts with suspected communists were frequently investigated by the FBI.

In 1920 she was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. In the 1920s, she sent a hundred dollars to the NAACP with a letter of support that appeared in its magazine The Crisis.

In 1925 she addressed a convention of Lions Clubs International giving that organisation a major focus for its service work which still continues today.

Writings

In 1960 her book Light in my Darkness was published in which she advocated the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. She also wrote a lengthy autobiography. She wrote a total of eleven books, and authored numerous articles.

Honors

On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.

Alabama honors her, a native daughter, on its state quarter [1].

Later life

Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind.

Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, more than thirty years after the death of Anne Sullivan. She was cremated and her remains were placed in the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Washington National Cathedral.

Helen Keller in the arts and popular culture

A silent film, Deliverance, first told Keller's story.

The Miracle Worker, a play about how Helen Keller learned to communicate, was made into a movie three times. The 1962 version of the movie won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Anne Bancroft who played Sullivan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Patty Duke who played Keller.

Another recent movie about Helen Keller's life is The Miracle Continues. This semi-sequel to The Miracle Worker recounts her college years and her early adult life. None of the early movies hint at the social activism that would become the hallmark of Helen's later life, although the Disney version produced in 2000 states in the credits that Helen became an activist for social equality.

The Hindi movie Black released in 2005 was largely based on Keller's story, from her childhood to her graduation.

In the comedy cartoon series South Park Helen Keller's life was shown in a musical.

Her life and achievements are celebrated annually in Tuscumbia, her hometown, in the Helen Keller festival.

In the animated series Family Guy, the final scene from The Miracle Worker was shown in one episode with the characters speaking in binary.


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None of the early movies hint at the social activism that would become the hallmark of Helen's later life, although the Disney version produced in 2000 states in the credits that Helen became an activist for social equality. In 1944 Indiana University acquired the school and renamed it Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis. This semi-sequel to The Miracle Worker recounts her college years and her early adult life. The Benjamin Harrison Law School in Indianapolis, Indiana, was named in his honor. Another recent movie about Helen Keller's life is The Miracle Continues. A dignified elder statesman, he died of influenza and pneumonia on Wednesday, March 13, 1901 and is interred in Crown Hill Cemetery. The 1962 version of the movie won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Anne Bancroft who played Sullivan and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Patty Duke who played Keller. Mary Dimmick in 1896 and fathered another daughter.

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Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, more than thirty years after the death of Anne Sullivan. Long before the end of the Harrison Administration, the Treasury surplus had evaporated, and prosperity seemed about to disappear as well. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. To cope with the Treasury surplus, the tariff was removed from imported raw sugar; sugar growers within the United States were given two cents a pound bounty on their production. Alabama honors her, a native daughter, on its state quarter [1]. Harrison tried to make the tariff more acceptable by writing in reciprocity provisions. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Aldrich framed a still higher tariff bill; some rates were intentionally prohibitive.

On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Representative William McKinley and Senator Nelson W. She wrote a total of eleven books, and authored numerous articles. Republican leaders in Congress successfully met the challenge. She also wrote a lengthy autobiography. Low-tariff advocates argued that the surplus was hurting business. In 1960 her book Light in my Darkness was published in which she advocated the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The high tariff rates in effect had created a surplus of money in the Treasury.

In 1925 she addressed a convention of Lions Clubs International giving that organisation a major focus for its service work which still continues today. The most perplexing domestic problem Harrison faced was the tariff issue. In the 1920s, she sent a hundred dollars to the NAACP with a letter of support that appeared in its magazine The Crisis. Reed replied, "This is a billion-dollar country." President Harrison also signed the Sherman Antitrust Act "to protect trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies," the first Federal act attempting to regulate trusts. In 1920 she was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. When critics attacked "the billion-dollar Congress," Speaker Thomas B. Her contacts with suspected communists were frequently investigated by the FBI. For the first time except in war, Congress appropriated a billion dollars.

Helen Keller wrote glowingly of the emergence of communism during the Russian Revolution (See ISBN 0684818868). Substantial appropriation bills were signed by Harrison for internal improvements, naval expansion, and subsidies for steamship lines. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.". At the end of his administration, Harrison submitted to the Senate a treaty to annex Hawaii; to his disappointment, President Cleveland later withdrew it. And the social evil contributed its share. in 1889, establishing an information center which later became the Pan American Union. For the first time I, who had thought blindness a misfortune beyond human control, found that too much of it was traceable to wrong industrial conditions, often caused by the selfishness and greed of employers. The first Pan-American Congress met in Washington, D.C.

"I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. Harrison was proud of the vigorous foreign policy which he helped shape. In "Why I Became an IWW" Helen wrote that her motivation for activism came in part due to her concern about blindness and other disabilities:. Harrison was also known as the "centennial president" because his inauguration was the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington. Helen Keller also joined the industrial union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), in 1912 after she felt that parliamentary socialism was "sinking in the political bog." Helen Keller wrote for the IWW between 1916 and 1918. When Boss Matt Quay of Pennsylvania heard that Harrison ascribed his narrow victory to Providence, Quay exclaimed that Harrison would never know "how close a number of men were compelled to approach...the penitentiary to make him President." He was inaugurated on March 4, 1889, and served until March 3, 1893. I must have shrunk in intelligence during the years since I met him...Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent.". Although Harrison had made no political bargains, his supporters had given innumerable pledges upon his behalf.

But now that I have come out for socialism he reminds me and the public that I am blind and deaf and especially liable to error. In the Presidential election, Harrison received 100,000 fewer popular votes than Cleveland, but carried the Electoral College 233 to 168. "At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. Harrison was elected President of the United States in 1888. The editor of the Brooklyn Eagle wrote that her "mistakes sprung out of the manifest limitations of her development." Keller responded to that editor, referring to having met him before he knew of her political views:. Senate Committee on Territories (48th and 49th Congresses). Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she came out as a socialist now called attention to her disabilities. Senate Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (47th Congress) and U.S.

If I could not see it, I could smell it.". He was chairman of the U.S. In her words, "I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. He was appointed a member of the Mississippi River Commission in 1879, and elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, where he served from March 4, 1881, to March 3, 1887. Her political views were reinforced by visiting workers. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1876. Debs in each of his campaigns for the presidency. While in the field in October 1864 he was re-elected reporter of the State supreme court and served four years.

She supported Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Harrison served in the Union Army during the Civil War, brevetting as a brigadier general, and mustering out in 1865. Helen Keller was a member of the socialist party and actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working classes from 1909 to 1921. He was admitted to the bar and became reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of the State. Kennedy and was friends with many famous figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain. He studied law in Cincinnati then moved to Indianapolis in 1854. President from Grover Cleveland to John F. He attended Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of the fraternity Phi Delta Theta, and graduated in 1852.

Helen Keller met every U.S. Congressman from Ohio) and Elizabeth Ramsey Irwin. Helen and Anne Sullivan traveled all over the world to over 39 countries, and made several trips to Japan, becoming a favorite of the Japanese people. A grandson of President William Henry Harrison, Benjamin was born on Tuesday August 20, 1833 in North Bend, Hamilton County, Ohio to John Scott Harrison (later a U.S. In 1915 she founded Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization for preventing blindness. . She made it her own life's mission to fight for the sensorially handicapped in the world. Benjamin Harrison VI (August 20, 1833 – March 13, 1901) was the 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893).

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In 1888, Helen attended Perkins Institute for the Blind. U.S. She also learned to read English, French, German, Greek, and Latin in braille. presidential election, 1888. Anne was able to teach Helen to think intelligibly and to speak, using the Tadoma method: touching the lips of others as they spoke, feeling the vibrations, and spelling of alphabetical characters in the palm of Helen's hand. U.S. Helen's big breakthrough in communication came one day when she realized that the motions her teacher was making on her palm, while running cool water over her palm from a pump, symbolized the idea of "water" and nearly exhausted Sullivan demanding the names of all the other familiar objects in her world (including her prized doll). See L.M.

Her first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. suburbs. Sullivan demanded and got permission from Helen's father to isolate the girl from the rest of the family in a little house in their garden. Harrison has African-American descendants residing in the Washington D.C. It was the beginning of a 49-year period of working together. Harrison was the last President of the United States to wear a beard while in office. The school delegated teacher and former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired and then only 20 years old, to try to open up Helen's mind. This recording, which was originally made on a phonograph cylinder, can be easily accessed via the Internet.

Bell advised the couple to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Bridgman had been educated, which was then located in South Boston, Massachusetts. President whose voice was recorded. He put her in touch with local expert Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. It is quite possible that Benjamin Harrison was the first U.S. In 1886, her mother Kate Keller was inspired by an account in Charles Dickens' American Notes of the successful education of another deaf/blind child, Laura Bridgman, and travelled to a specialist doctor in Baltimore for advice. Wyoming – July 10, 1890. By age seven she had invented over sixty different signs that she could use to communicate with her family. Idaho – July 3, 1890.

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