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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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In the animated series Family Guy, the final scene from The Miracle Worker was shown in one episode with the characters speaking in binary. Pierce appointed the following Justices to the Supreme Court of the United States:. Her life and achievements are celebrated annually in Tuscumbia, her hometown, in the Helen Keller festival.
. In the comedy cartoon series South Park Helen Keller's life was shown in a musical. Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire, is named after Pierce, as is the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma, Washington, and the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. The Hindi movie Black released in 2005 was largely based on Keller's story, from her childhood to her graduation. Franklin Pierce died in Concord, New Hampshire at 4:40 in the morning of October 8, 1869, from cirrhosis of the liver, and was interred in Minat Inclosure in the Old North Cemetery.

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. One the few friends to stick by Pierce was his college friend and biographer, Nathaniel Hawthorne. This semi-sequel to The Miracle Worker recounts her college years and her early adult life. During the Civil War, Pierce further damaged his reputation by declaring support for the Confederacy, headed by his old cabinet member Davis. Another recent movie about Helen Keller's life is The Miracle Continues. After losing the Democratic nomination, Pierce reportedly quipped "there's nothing left to do but get drunk" (quoted also as "after the White House what is there to do but drink?") which he apparently did frequently, once running down an elderly woman while driving a carriage drunk. 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. Meanwhile, Pierce lost all credibility he may have had in the North and was not renominated.

The Miracle Worker, a play about how Helen Keller learned to communicate, was made into a movie three times. The election of Republican Abraham Lincoln would provoke secession in 1861. A silent film, Deliverance, first told Keller's story. The passage of Kansas-Nebraska caused widespread outrage in the North and spurred the creation of the Republican Party, a sectional, Northern party which was organized as a direct response to the bill. Joseph of Arimathea in Washington National Cathedral. Pierce, who had acquired a reputation as untrustworthy and easily manipulable, was persuaded to support Douglas' plan in a closed meeting between Pierce, Douglas, and several southern Senators, with Pierce consulting only Jefferson Davis of his cabinet. She was cremated and her remains were placed in the Chapel of St. Douglas provided in his bills that the residents of the new territories could decide the slavery question for themselves.

Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, more than thirty years after the death of Anne Sullivan. Douglas, to win Southern support for the organization of Nebraska, placed in his bill a provision declaring the Missouri Compromise null and void. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. He purchased the area now comprising southern Arizona and part of southern New Mexico for $10,000,000, commonly known as the Gadsden Purchase. Alabama honors her, a native daughter, on its state quarter [1]. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, advocate of a southern transcontinental route, had persuaded Pierce to send James Gadsden to Mexico to buy land for a southern railroad. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Douglas, allegedly grew out of his desire to promote a railroad from Chicago, Illinois to California through Nebraska.

On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. This measure, the handiwork of Senator Stephen A. She wrote a total of eleven books, and authored numerous articles. But the most controversial event of Pierce's presidency was the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise and reopened the question of slavery in the West. She also wrote a lengthy autobiography. seize Cuba by force, and permanently discredited the Democratic Party's expansionist policies, which it had so famously rode to victory in 1844. In 1960 her book Light in my Darkness was published in which she advocated the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. The release of the Ostend Manifesto, signed by several of Pierce's cabinet members, caused outrage with its suggestion that the U.S.

In 1925 she addressed a convention of Lions Clubs International giving that organisation a major focus for its service work which still continues today. Pierce aroused sectional apprehension when he pressured Britain to relinquish its special interests along part of the Central American coast, and even more when he tried to persuade Spain to sell Cuba. In the 1920s, she sent a hundred dollars to the NAACP with a letter of support that appeared in its magazine The Crisis. Many thought that the diverse group would soon break up, but instead it became the only Cabinet that would remain unchanged through a four-year term. In 1920 she was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. Pierce selected for his Cabinet not men of similar beliefs but a broad cross-section of people he personally knew. Her contacts with suspected communists were frequently investigated by the FBI. In his inaugural address, he proclaimed an era of peace and prosperity at home and vigor in relations with other nations, saying that the United States might have to acquire additional possessions for the sake of its own security and would not be deterred by "any timid forebodings of evil." For religous reasons he chose to affirm, rather then swear, the presidential oath of office, becoming the first and only president to do so.

Helen Keller wrote glowingly of the emergence of communism during the Russian Revolution (See ISBN 0684818868). Grief-stricken, Pierce entered the presidency nervously exhausted. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.". Pierce and his wife survived and were merely shaken up, but they watched as their 11-year-old son Benjamin ("Bennie") was crushed to death in the train disaster. And the social evil contributed its share. Two months before he took office, shortly after boarding a train in Boston, president-elect Pierce and his family were trapped in a derailed car when it rolled over an embankment near Andover, Massachusetts. 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. Pierce served as president from March 4, 1853, to March 4, 1857.

"I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act divided the Whigs, with the Northern Whigs deeply opposed, resulting in a split between former Whigs, some of whom joined the anti-immigration American Party (Know-Nothings), others the Constitutional Union Party, and still others the newly formed Republicans. 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:. The election of 1852 would be the last presidential contest in which the Whigs would field a candidate. 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. Hale, who like Pierce was from New Hampshire, was the nominee of the remnants of the Free Soil Party, garnering 155,825 votes (5 percent of the total). 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.". John P.

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. Pierce won 27 of the 31 states, including Scott's home state of Virginia. "At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. The total popular vote was 1,601,274 to 1,386,580, or 50.9 percent to 44.1 percent. 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:. This proved to be true, as Scott lost every state except Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she came out as a socialist now called attention to her disabilities. Polk in the 1844 election).

If I could not see it, I could smell it.". The Democrats' slogan was "We Polked you in 1844; we shall Pierce you in 1852!" (a reference to the victory of James K. In her words, "I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. Scott's advantage as a known war hero was countered by Pierce's service in the same war. Her political views were reinforced by visiting workers. Pierce's likeable personality, plus his helpful obscurity and lack of strongly held positions, helped him prevail over Scott, whose anti-slavery views hurt him in the South. Debs in each of his campaigns for the presidency. The Whigs' platform was almost indistinguishable from that of the Democrats, reducing the campaign to a contest between the personalities of the two candidates and helping to drive down the turnout rates in the election to their lowest level since 1836.

She supported Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Pierce easily prevailed as Scott—nicknamed "Old Fuss and Feathers"—ran a blundering campaign. Helen Keller was a member of the socialist party and actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working classes from 1909 to 1921. Pierce's opponent was the Whig candidate, General Winfield Scott of Virginia, whom Pierce served under during the Mexican-American War, and his running mate, Senator (and later Governor) William Alexander Graham of North Carolina. Kennedy and was friends with many famous figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain. King of Alabama was chosen as the nominee for Vice President. President from Grover Cleveland to John F. Senator William R.

Helen Keller met every U.S. Pierce was nominated unanimously on the 49th ballot on June 5. 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. He also had served in the Mexican-American War, which allowed the party to portray him as a war hero. In 1915 she founded Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization for preventing blindness. He had never fully articulated his views on slavery, which allowed him to be acceptable to all factions. She made it her own life's mission to fight for the sensorially handicapped in the world. On the 35th ballot, Pierce was put forth as a compromise candidate.

With tremendous willpower Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. When the balloting for president began, the four candidates deadlocked, with no candidate reaching even a simple majority, much less the required supermajority of two-thirds. 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. Prior to the vote to determine the nominee, a party platform was adopted, opposing any further "agitation" over the slavery issue and supporting the Compromise of 1850 in an effort to unite the various Democratic factions. In 1898 they returned to Massachusetts and Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. Most of those who had left the party with Martin Van Buren to form the Free Soil Party had returned. In 1894, Helen and Anne moved to New York City to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. Douglas, William Marcy, James Buchanan and Lewis Cass—for the nomination.

In 1888, Helen attended Perkins Institute for the Blind. The convention assembled on June 12 in Baltimore, Maryland, with four competing contenders—Stephen A. She also learned to read English, French, German, Greek, and Latin in braille. The Democratic Party nominated Pierce as a "dark horse" candidate during the Democratic National Convention of 1852. 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. Benjamin "Bennie" Pierce (1841–1853) died in a tragic railway accident at the age of 12. 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). (1836) in infancy and Frank Robert Pierce (1839–1843) at the age of four from epidemic typhus.

Her first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. Two died in childhood—Franklin Pierce, Jr. 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. They had three children. It was the beginning of a 49-year period of working together. Pierce hated life in Washington, D.C., and encouraged Pierce to resign his Senate seat and return to New Hampshire, which he did in 1841. 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. Mrs.

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. She came from a aristocratic Whig family, and was extremely shy, deeply religious, often ill, and pro-temperance. He put her in touch with local expert Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Appleton, who was born in 1806 and died in 1863, was Pierce's opposite. 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. On November 19, 1834, Pierce married Jane Means Appleton, the daughter of a former president of Bowdoin College. By age seven she had invented over sixty different signs that she could use to communicate with her family. He was a member of the New Hampshire State constitutional convention in 1850 and served as its president.

The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak. He served in the Mexican-American War as a colonel and brigadier general. 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. He was district attorney for New Hampshire, and declined the appointment as Attorney General of the United States tendered by President James Polk. She was not born blind and deaf, but was actually a typical, healthy infant. After his service in the Senate, Pierce resumed the practice of law in Concord. Keller and Kate Adams Keller. Senate Committee on Pensions during the 26th Congress.

Keller was born at an estate called Ivy Green, on June 27, 1880 to parents Captain Arthur H. He was chairman of the U.S. . He was elected by the New Hampshire General Court as a Democrat to the United States Senate, serving from March 4, 1837, to February 28, 1842, when he resigned. 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. At the time he was only 27 years old, the youngest representative at the time. Her disabilities were caused by a fever in February, 1882 when she was 19 months old. Pierce was elected as a Democrat to the 23rd and 24th Congresses(March 4, 1833–March 3, 1837).

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He served in the House from 1829 to 1833, and as Speaker from 1832 to 1833. Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was a deafblind American author, activist and lecturer. Pierce began his political career in 1828, when he was elected to the lower house of the New Hampshire General Court, the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was admitted to the bar and began a law practice in Concord, New Hampshire, in 1827. After graduation, in 1826 he entered a law school in Northampton, Massachusetts, studying under Governor Levi Woodbury and later Judges Samuel Howe and Edmund Parker in Amherst, New Hampshire.

In his second year of college, his grades were the lowest in his class; he changed his habits and graduated in 1824 third in his class. Hale. Prentiss, and his future political rival John P. Stowe, Sargent S.

He also met Calvin E. There he met writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, with whom he formed a lasting friendship, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Later that year he was transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy to prepare for college and later that year entered Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he participated in literary, political, and debating clubs. Pierce attended school at Hillsborough Center and moved to the Hancock Academy in Hancock at the age of 11; he was transferred to Francestown Academy in spring 1820.

Pierce had six older and two younger siblings, four brothers and three sisters. His mother was Anna Kendrick. Pierce's father was Benjamin Pierce, a frontier farmer who became a Revolutionary War soldier, state militia general, and two-time governor of New Hampshire. The site of his birth is now under Lake Franklin Pierce.

Pierce was born in 1804 in a log cabin near Hillsborough, New Hampshire, part of the Transcendental Generation. . In addition, Pierce was hounded by guilt, temptation, and just plain bad luck.". And yet he was a timid man with a shallow, rigid, old-fashioned mind which could not cope with a changing America.

And he was genuinely religious. He was one of the most popular men in New Hampshire, polite and thoughtful, easy and good at the political game, charming and fine and handsome. To his credit, he loved his wife and reshaped himself so that he could put up with her aristocratic, nervous ways and show her true affection. Kunhardt wrote in The American President what many historians believe about Pierce: that he was "a good man who didn't understand his own shortcomings.

He died in 1869 from cirrhosis. He destroyed his reputation by declaring support for the Confederacy during the Civil War. After losing the Democratic nomination, Pierce continued his lifelong struggle with alcoholism as his marriage to Jane Means Appleton Pierce fell apart. Abandoned by his own party, he was not renominated at the 1856 presidential election, and was replaced by James Buchanan.

Pierce's credibility was further damaged when several of his foreign ministers issued the Ostend Manifesto. Pierce's popularity in the North went down sharply after he came out in favor of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, repealing the Missouri Compromise and reopening the question of the expansion of slavery in the West. history. His good looks and inoffensive personality caused him to make many friends, but he did not do what was necessary to avoid the impending American Civil War, thus giving him his reputation as one of the worst presidents in U.S.

He became the youngest president up until that time. King won in a landslide, beating Winfield Scott by a 50 to 44 percent margin in the popular vote and 254 to 42 in the electoral vote. In the presidential election, Pierce and his running mate William R. Later, he was nominated for president as a "dark horse" candidate on the 49th ballot at the 1852 Democratic National Convention.

His private law practice in his home state of New Hampshire was so successful that he turned down several important positions. Later, Pierce took part in the Mexican-American War, becoming a brigadier general. House of Representatives and Senate. He was a "doughface" (a Northerner with Southern sympathies) who served in the U.S.

Pierce was a Democrat and the first president to be born in the 19th century. Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804–October 8, 1869) was an American politician and the 14th President of the United States, serving from 1853 to 1857. Signed Kansas-Nebraska Act. John Archibald Campbell - 1853.

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