Helen Keller: The Story Of My Life

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Helen Keller was born Helen Adams Keller on June 27, 1980 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her parents’ names were Arthur H. Keller and Katherine Adams Keller; she was the first of two daughters that the couple had. Helen’s family wasn’t from the wealthy class, but earned most of their profits from their cotton plantation that they owned. Helen was born a healthy baby at first being able to see, hear, and even speak by the time she was six months old. Later on in 1882, she got sick which left her blind, death, and mute (biography.com). Her family doctor said it was “brain fever” which caused her to have a high temperature, but it was unclear what type of illness she had. It was possible she had a case of scarlet fever or meningitis that left her permanently…show more content…
There she began to meet influential people from all backgrounds and one of them happened to be the writer, Mark Twain (biography.com). Later on, she was accepted into Radcliffe because Twain’s friend Henry H. Rogers paid for admissions because he was impressed with her talents. At Radcliffe, she became the first deaf and blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude (afb.org). Keller wrote her first book, “The Story of My Life” by the help of Sullivan and Sullivan’s husband. Her book, “The Story of My Life” discussed her transformation from childhood to becoming a 21 year old college student…show more content…
Through her profession as a writer, she would talk with other Americans and many around the world. Helen, as a writer, would use her skills to speak truth to power (afb.org). She also was a pacifist who would protest the United States’ involvement in World War II. She was a committed socialist who worked towards fighting for workers’ rights. Helen would also advocate for women’s suffrage and was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (afb.org). In the American Civil Liberties Union, she helped to bring awareness, money and support for the blind (biography.com). Helen wanted to know more about the world and improve the lives of others. She started lecturing about her life experiences and working with the disabled. She even testified in front of Congress on behalf of the blind people’s welfare (biography.com). Helen cofounded the Helen Keller International in 1915 to help fight the causes and consequences of being blind and malnutrition
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