Helen Keller

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Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born on June 27th, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was a year and 7 months old, she suffered an acute congestion of the stomach and brain that left her permanently deaf and blind. In 1886, the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston provided her with someone who would teach her in-hand sign language and lip reading, Anne Sullivan. She entered Radcliffe College in 1896 and graduated in 1904. She was a campaigner in favor of universal suffrage, birth control, trade unionism, pacifism, socialism, and against child labor and capital punishment. She was apart of the Socialist Party of America, the American Foundation of the Blind, and the Industrial Workers of the World, and she wrote articles for The Masses, a socialist journal. She passed away in Westport, Connecticut, on June 1st, 1968.

Accomplishments

1880 - Born1886 - Went to the Perkins Institute1896 - Attended Radcliffe College1902 - Published The Story of My Life1904 - Graduated from college1909 - Became a socialist and campaigner for various issues1912 - Joined the Industrial Workers of the World1913 - Published Out of the Dark1919 - Appeared in Deliverance1921 - Decided to devote time to raising funds for the American Foundation of the Blind1929 - Published Mainstream1968 - Died

Helen Keller passed admission exams for Radcliffe College when she was 16. While there, she wrote an autobiography, The Story of My Life. She later published a book, Out of the Dark, on her socialist views. Spreading a message of courage and a brighter future, she appeared in Deliverance, an autobiographical film. After 1921, her devotion was set to raising funds for the American Foundation of the Blind. She published another book, Mainstream, in 1929.

Lasting Impact

Her activism for suffrage, birth control, trade unionism, pacifism, socialism, and help for the blind and deaf has inspired and motivated others to make positive changes in the world.

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