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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. Buchanan appointed the following Justice 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. "Wheatland" should not be confused with the Wheatland musical organization. The Hindi movie Black released in 2005 was largely based on Keller's story, from her childhood to her graduation. He was interred in Woodward Hill Cemetery, in Lancaster.

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. Buchanan retired to his home "Wheatland," near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he died June 1, 1868, at the age of 77. This semi-sequel to The Miracle Worker recounts her college years and her early adult life. Before he left office, seven slave states seceded, several seizing other federal forts and property within their boundaries. Another recent movie about Helen Keller's life is The Miracle Continues. As such, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired during the Buchanan Administration. 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. As a result of the operation, Thompson resigned from the cabinet.

The Miracle Worker, a play about how Helen Keller learned to communicate, was made into a movie three times. Receiving no assistance from Fort Sumter, it turned back to New York after suffering minor damage. A silent film, Deliverance, first told Keller's story. The unarmed ship was caught in a crossfire. Joseph of Arimathea in Washington National Cathedral. In the early morning of January 9, 1861, South Carolina's batteries opened on the Star of the West. She was cremated and her remains were placed in the Chapel of St. Wigfall, still a United States senator from Texas, as well as from Buchanan's Secretary of the Interior, Jacob Thompson of Mississippi.

Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, more than thirty years after the death of Anne Sullivan. Newspapers published stories that the ship was headed for Charleston, and South Carolina officials received confirmation from Louis T. Keller devoted much of her later life to raising funds for the American Foundation for the Blind. However, the attempt to maintain secrecy failed. Alabama honors her, a native daughter, on its state quarter [1]. As several Cabinet members resigned, he appointed Northerners, and chartered the civilian steamer Star of the West to secretly carry reinforcements and supplies to Fort Sumter. Johnson awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Then Buchanan took a more militant tack.

On September 14, 1964, President Lyndon B. He hoped for compromise, but secessionist leaders did not want it. She wrote a total of eleven books, and authored numerous articles. President Buchanan, dismayed and hesitant, denied the legal right of states to secede but held that the Federal Government legally could not prevent them. She also wrote a lengthy autobiography. Rather than accept a Republican administration, the southern "Fire-Eaters" advocated secession. In 1960 her book Light in my Darkness was published in which she advocated the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Consequently, when the Republicans nominated Abraham Lincoln, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be elected even though his name appeared on no southern ballot.

In 1925 she addressed a convention of Lions Clubs International giving that organisation a major focus for its service work which still continues today. Breckinridge, whom Buchanan refused to support. In the 1920s, she sent a hundred dollars to the NAACP with a letter of support that appeared in its magazine The Crisis. The southern wing walked out of the convention and nominated its own candidate for the presidency, incumbent vice-president John C. In 1920 she was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union. Sectional strife rose to such a pitch in 1860 that the Democratic Party split. Her contacts with suspected communists were frequently investigated by the FBI. Bitter hostility between Northern and Southern members prevailed on the floor of Congress, where memories of the caning of Charles Sumner in 1856 by a Southern Democrat still burned.

Helen Keller wrote glowingly of the emergence of communism during the Russian Revolution (See ISBN 0684818868). The Federal Government reached a stalemate. I found that poverty drove women to a life of shame that ended in blindness.". When Republicans won a plurality in the House in 1858, every significant bill they passed fell before southern votes in the Senate or a Presidential veto. And the social evil contributed its share. Buchanan's administration, at the behest of Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb, began issuing deficit financing for the government, a move which flew in the face of two decades of Democratic support for hard-money policies and allowed Republicans to attack Buchanan for financial mismanagement. 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 government suddenly faced a shortfall of revenue, due in part to the Democrats' successful push to lower the tariff.

"I was appointed on a commission to investigate the conditions of the blind. Economic troubles also plagued Buchanan's administration with the outbreak of the Panic of 1857. 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:. Buchanan, meanwhile, was by now tremendously unpopular in the North. 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. Eventually, Congress voted to call a new vote on the Lecompton Constitution, a move which infuriated Southerners. 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.". Douglas.

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. Even though the voters in Kansas had rejected the Lecompton Constitution, Buchanan managed to ram his bill through the House, but it was blocked in the Senate by Northerners led by Stephen A. "At that time the compliments he paid me were so generous that I blush to remember them. The Lecompton government was wildly unpopular to Northerners, as it was dominated by slaveholders who had enacted laws curtailing the rights of non-slaveholders. 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:. Buchanan threw the full prestige of his administration behind congressional approval of the Lecompton Constitution in Kansas, which would have admitted Kansas as a slave state, going so far as to offer patronage appointments and even cash bribes in exchange for votes. Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she came out as a socialist now called attention to her disabilities. Buchanan, however, faced further hardship on the territorial question.

If I could not see it, I could smell it.". To further this, Buchanan personally lobbied his fellow Pennsylvanian Justice Robert Cooper Grier to vote with the majority in that case to uphold the right of slave property. In her words, "I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums. Buchanan wished to see the territorial question resolved by the Supreme Court. Her political views were reinforced by visiting workers. Buchanan was widely believed to have been personally involved in the outcome of the case, with many Northerners recalling Taney whispering to Buchanan during Buchanan's inauguration. Debs in each of his campaigns for the presidency. Much of Taney’s written judgment is widely interpreted as dicta — statements made by a judge that are unnecessary to the outcome of the case, which in this case, while they delighted Southerners, created a furor in the North.

She supported Socialist Party candidate Eugene V. Taney delivered the Dred Scott Decision, asserting that Congress had no constitutional power to exclude slavery in the territories. Helen Keller was a member of the socialist party and actively campaigned and wrote in support of the working classes from 1909 to 1921. Two days later Chief Justice Roger B. Kennedy and was friends with many famous figures including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Mark Twain. In his inaugural address, besides promising not to run again, Buchanan referred to the territorial question as "happily, a matter of but little practical importance" since the Supreme Court was about to settle it "speedily and finally.". President from Grover Cleveland to John F. The Court was considering the legality of restricting slavery in the territories, and two justices hinted to Buchanan what the decision would be.

Helen Keller met every U.S. In regard to the growing schism in the country, as President-elect he intended to sit out the crisis by maintaining a sectional balance in his appointments and persuading the people to accept constitutional law as the Supreme Court interpreted it. 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. Buchanan was elected as a Democratic President of the United States in 1856 and served from March 4, 1857 to March 4, 1861. In 1915 she founded Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization for preventing blindness. The difficulty in determining if someone was a homosexual, especially in the mid-1800s, means Buchanan's sexual orientation remains uncertain. She made it her own life's mission to fight for the sensorially handicapped in the world. Rumors and speculation circulated that the two had a homosexual relationship, with references to Buchanan's "wife" and "better half", even President Andrew Jackson referred to King as "Miss Nancy".

With tremendous willpower Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author. He would live with Alabama senator William Rufus King for sixteen years in Washington, D.C., but King died four years before Buchanan became president. 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. After his fiancee's death Buchanan vowed he would never marry. In 1898 they returned to Massachusetts and Helen entered The Cambridge School for Young Ladies before gaining admittance, in 1900, to Radcliffe College. However she abruptly broke off their engagement and died of mysterious causes several days later. In 1894, Helen and Anne moved to New York City to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf. In 1819 Buchanan was engaged to Ann Caroline Coleman, the daughter of wealthy iron manufacturer.

In 1888, Helen attended Perkins Institute for the Blind. He served as Minister to the United Kingdom from 1853 to 1856, during which time he help to draft the Ostend Manifesto which proposed the purchase of Cuba under the threat of force. She also learned to read English, French, German, Greek, and Latin in braille. He served in this capacity until 1865. 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. In 1853, Buchanan was named president of the Board of Trustees of Franklin and Marshall College in his hometown of Lancaster. 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). No Secretary of State has become President since James Buchanan.

Her first task was to instill discipline in the spoiled girl. Polk from 1845 to 1849, during which he negotiated the 1846 Oregon Treaty establishing the 49th parallel as the northern boundary in the western U.S. 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. Buchanan served as Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President James K. It was the beginning of a 49-year period of working together. He was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations (Twenty-fourth through Twenty-sixth Congresses). 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. He served from December 6, 1834; was reelected in 1837 and 1843, and resigned on March 5, 1845, to accept a Cabinet portfolio.

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. Buchanan was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Wilkins. He put her in touch with local expert Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Buchanan served as Minister to Russia from 1832 to 1834. 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. Peck, judge of the United States District Court for the District of Missouri. By age seven she had invented over sixty different signs that she could use to communicate with her family. Buchanan served as one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1830 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against James H.

The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her blind, deaf, and unable to speak. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1830. 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 chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (Twenty-first Congress). She was not born blind and deaf, but was actually a typical, healthy infant. He was elected to the Seventeenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1821 - March 3, 1831). Keller and Kate Adams Keller. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1814 to 1815.

Keller was born at an estate called Ivy Green, on June 27, 1880 to parents Captain Arthur H. He was one of the first volunteers in the War of 1812 and served in the defense of Baltimore, Maryland. . The same year he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1812 and practiced in Lancaster. 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. In 1809 he moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her disabilities were caused by a fever in February, 1882 when she was 19 months old. He moved to Mercersburg with his parents in 1799, was privately tutored and then attended the village academy and was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He was born in a log cabin at Cove Gap, near Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1791 to James Buchanan and Elizabeth Spear. Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was a deafblind American author, activist and lecturer. Buchanan was a Representative and a Senator from Pennsylvania. . history.

He has been criticized for failing to prevent the country from sliding into schism and the American Civil War and as a result, he is widely considered, together with his predecessor Franklin Pierce, to be one of the worst presidents in U.S. He was the only bachelor President, and the only resident of Pennsylvania to hold that office. James Buchanan (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States (1857-1861). Paraguay expedition.

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