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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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The Miracle Worker, a play about how Helen Keller learned to communicate, was made into a movie three times. Despite this fact, Adams was a known hypochondriac who constantly felt he was coming down with some sort of illness. A silent film, Deliverance, first told Keller's story. Until his record was broken by Ronald Reagan in 2001, he was the nation's longest-living President (90 years, 247 days). Joseph of Arimathea in Washington National Cathedral. His crypt lies at United First Parish Church (also known as the Church of the Presidents) in Quincy. She was cremated and her remains were placed in the Chapel of St. On July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at Quincy, after uttering the famous last words "Thomas Jefferson still survives." (Unbeknownst to Adams, Jefferson had died a few hours earlier).

Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, more than thirty years after the death of Anne Sullivan. He then retired into private life. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. In 1800, Adams ran again as the Federalist presidential candidate, but distrust of him in his own party, the popular disapproval of the Alien and Sedition Acts, and the popularity of his opponent, Thomas Jefferson, caused his defeat. Alabama honors her, a native daughter, on its state quarter [1]. Adams, instead of bowing to the militant spirit aroused by these events, devoted himself to delaying war with France, against the wishes of Hamilton and his adherents, which eventually played out in the Quasi-War. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. At the time, the United States was drawn into European military affairs such as the XYZ Affair.

On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. Adams and Hamilton became alienated, and members of Adams's own cabinet began to look to Hamilton rather than to the president as their political chief. She wrote a total of eleven books, and authored numerous articles. Adams's four years as president (1797–1801) were marked by the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made the Federalist Party unpopular and led to factional strife within the party itself. She also wrote a lengthy autobiography. See also: John Adams' First State of the Union Address. In 1960 her book Light in my Darkness was published in which she advocated the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The only other time this would happen would be when Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, nominated Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, as his Vice-President in 1864.

In 1925 she addressed a convention of Lions Clubs International giving that organisation a major focus for its service work which still continues today. This marked the first time that the President and Vice-President were members of opposing parties. In the 1920s, she sent a hundred dollars to the NAACP with a letter of support that appeared in its magazine The Crisis. Although Alexander Hamilton and other Federalists had asked that equal votes be cast in the electoral college for Adams and Thomas Pinckney, the other Federalist in the contest (at least in part so that Jefferson would not become vice president) Jefferson in fact came in second and attained that office. In 1920 she was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. In 1796, after Washington refused to seek another term, Adams was elected president, defeating Thomas Jefferson. Her contacts with suspected communists were frequently investigated by the FBI. His vice-presidency was colored by the suspicion of many of his colleagues and made notable by the formation of two well-defined political groups—the Federalists (which Adams led along with Alexander Hamilton), and the Democratic-Republicans.

Helen Keller wrote glowingly of the emergence of communism during the Russian Revolution (See ISBN 0684818868). As this was the second largest number, he was declared vice-president. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.". Partly for this reason, Adams received only thirty-four out of sixty-nine votes in the presidential election of 1789. And the social evil contributed its share. In this work, he made the controversial statement that "the rich, the well-born and the able" should be set apart from other men in a senate. 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. Adams admitted this, stating: "I must avow to your Majesty that I have no attachment but to my own country.” While in London, Adams published a work entitled A Defence of the Constitution of Government of the United States (1787), in which he repudiated the views of Turgot and other European writers as to the viciousness of the framework of state governments.

"I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. When he was presented to his former sovereign, George III, the King intimated that he was aware of Adams's lack of confidence in the French government. 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:. James's. 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 1785 John Adams was appointed the first American minister to the court of St. 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.". During this trip he also negotiated a loan and, in October 1782, a treaty of amity and commerce, the first of such treaties between the United States and foreign powers after that of February 1778 with France.

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. With the aid of the Dutch patriot leader Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol, Adams secured the recognition of the United States as an independent government at The Hague on April 19, 1782. "At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. In July 1780, he had been authorized to execute the duties previously assigned to Laurens. 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:. Before these negotiations began, Adams had spent some time in the Netherlands. Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she came out as a socialist now called attention to her disabilities. Eventually the American negotiators were able to secure a favorable treaty, which was signed on November 30, 1782.

If I could not see it, I could smell it.". Throughout the negotiations Adams was especially determined that the right of the United States to the fisheries along the British-American coast should be recognized. In her words, "I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. Overruling Franklin’s vote, Jay and Adams decided to break their instructions, which required them to "make the most candid confidential communications on all subjects to the ministers of our generous ally, the king of France; to undertake nothing in the negotiations for peace or truce without their knowledge or concurrence; and ultimately to govern yourself by their advice and opinion.” Instead, they dealt directly with the British commissioners, without consulting the French ministers. Her political views were reinforced by visiting workers. Since Jefferson did not leave the United States for the task and Laurens played a minor role, Jay, Adams and Franklin played the major part in the negotiations. Debs in each of his campaigns for the presidency. The French government, however, did not approve of Adams’ appointment and subsequently, on Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes’ insistence, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Henry Laurens were appointed to cooperate with Adams.

She supported Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Before this work had been completed, he was chosen as minister plenipotentiary for negotiating a treaty of peace and a treaty of commerce with Great Britain and again sent to Europe in September 1779. 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 penned the first draft along with James Bowdoin and Samuel Adams. Kennedy and was friends with many famous figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain. However, as soon as he embarked, that commission concluded the desired treaty of alliance, and he returned home in time to be elected a member of the convention which framed the Massachusetts constitution of 1780. President from Grover Cleveland to John F. In 1778, Adams sailed for France to supersede Silas Deane in the American commission there.

Helen Keller met every U.S. Before this question had been disposed of, Adams was placed at the head of the Board of War and Ordinance, also serving on many other important committees. 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. Although that document was, by the request of the committee, written by Jefferson, John Adams occupied the foremost place in the debate on its adoption. In 1915 she founded Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization for preventing blindness. Livingston and Roger Sherman to draft a Declaration of Independence. She made it her own life's mission to fight for the sensorially handicapped in the world. On June 8, 1776, he was appointed on a committee with Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R.

With tremendous willpower Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. On June 7, 1776, Adams seconded the resolution introduced by Richard Henry Lee that "these colonies are, and of a right ought to be, free and independent states," acting as champion of these resolutions before the Congress until their adoption on July 2, 1776. 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. From that time onward, Adams championed the establishment and strengthening of an American Navy and is often referred to as the father of the United States Navy. In 1898 they returned to Massachusetts and Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. On October 5, 1775, Congress created the first of a series of committees to study naval matters. In 1894, Helen and Anne moved to New York City to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. His influence in Congress was great, and almost from the beginning he was impatient for a separation of the colonies from Great Britain.

In 1888, Helen attended Perkins Institute for the Blind. In June 1775, with a view to promoting the union of the colonies, he seconded the nomination of George Washington as commander-in-chief of the army. She also learned to read English, French, German, Greek, and Latin in braille. Adams was a member of the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1778. 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. Adams's conduct in taking the unpopular side in this case resulted in his subsequent election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives by a vote of 418 to 118. 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). These claimed benefit of clergy and were branded in the hand and released.

Her first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. The trial resulted in an acquittal of the officer who commanded the detachment, and most of the soldiers; but two soldiers were found guilty of manslaughter. 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. in defending them. It was the beginning of a 49-year period of working together. After the Boston Massacre in 1770, several British soldiers were arrested and charged with the murder of four colonists, and Adams joined Josiah Quincy, Jr. 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. In 1768 Adams moved to Boston.

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. In that year, he drafted the instructions which were sent by the town of Braintree to its representatives in the Massachusetts legislature, and which served as a model for other towns in drawing up instructions to their representatives; in August 1765 he anonymously contributed four notable articles to the Boston Gazette (republished separately in London in 1768 as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law), in which he argued that the opposition of the colonies to the Stamp Act was a part of the never-ending struggle between individualism and corporate authority; in December 1765 he delivered a speech before the governor and council in which he pronounced the Stamp Act invalid on the ground that Massachusetts, being without representation in parliament, had not assented to it. He put her in touch with local expert Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Adams first rose to influence as a leader of the Massachusetts Whigs during discussions with regard to the Stamp Act of 1765. 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. These qualities were particularly manifested at a later period—as, for example, during his term as president. By age seven she had invented over sixty different signs that she could use to communicate with her family. Impetuous, intense and often vehement, Adams often found his inborn contentiousness to be a handicap in his political career.

The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak. Adams had none of the qualities of popular leadership of his second cousin, Samuel Adams; instead, his influence emerged through his work as a constitutional lawyer. 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. Their children were Abigail Amelia (1765-1813); future president John Quincy (1767-1848); Susanna Boylston (1768-70); Charles (1770-1800); Thomas Boylston (1772-1832); and an infant daughter (1777). She was not born blind and deaf, but was actually a typical, healthy infant. In 1764 Adams married Miss Abigail Smith (1744–1818), the daughter of a Congregational minister at Weymouth, Massachusetts. Keller and Kate Adams Keller. Years later, when he was an old man, Adams undertook to write out, at length, his recollections of this scene.

Keller was born at an estate called Ivy Green, on June 27, 1880 to parents Captain Arthur H. Otis’ argument inspired Adams with zeal for the cause of the American colonies. . The earliest of these is his report of the 1761 argument of James Otis in the superior court of Massachusetts as to the legality of Writs of Assistance. 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. From an early age he developed the habit of writing descriptions of events and impressions of men. Her disabilities were caused by a fever in February, 1882 when she was 19 months old. In 1758, he was admitted to the bar.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Young Adams graduated from Harvard College in 1755, and for a time taught school in Worcester and studied law in the office of James Putnam. Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was a deafblind American author, activist and lecturer. His father, a farmer, also named John, was a fourth-generation descendant of Henry Adams, who emigrated from Devon, England, to Massachusetts in about 1636; his mother was Susanna Boylston Adams. Adams was born on October 30 (October 19 Old Style, Julian Calendar), 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts; his birthplace is now a national park. .

His son, John Quincy Adams, was the sixth President of the United States (1825–1829). John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was the first (1789–1797) Vice President of the United States, and the second (1797–1801) President of the United States. Adams was played by William Daniels in both the Broadway musical (as well as the 1972 movie adaptation) 1776. Signed Judiciary Act of 1801.

Signed Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. John Marshall - Chief Justice - 1801. Alfred Moore - 1800. Bushrod Washington - 1799.

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