On March 3, 1887, Anne Mansfield Sullivan arrived in Tuscumbia to be Helen Keller’s teacher. She was a partially blind twenty one year old, who helped Anne find Helen salvage from her, “double dungeon of darkness and silence” (Foundation and Research). Anne first taught Helen how to speak “doll” on her fingers so she could help Helen understand the gift of a doll that she had brought along. Keller was first curious and defiant but she was reluctant to go along with Keller’s command (Biography.com Editors). This was the beginning of a 49 year old relationship between the student and the pupil. However, with Anne Sullivan’s help Helen began to quickly and eagerly learn to read and write. She started attending highschool at the Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, Boston. With the help of Anne Sullivan, Helen also began taking classes in Radcliffe College, which was the former all -male Harvard College’s coordinate institution for female students. In 1904, Helen Keller graduated Cum Laude and she became the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college. She announced at that time that her life be dedicated to the amelioration of blindness (Foundation and Rese...
... middle of paper ...
...egion of Honor and election to the Women’s Hall of Fame. Helen also met every president of the United States from Calvin Coolidge to John F. Kennedy. She began receiving honorary degrees from Temple University and Harvard University, Universities from Glasgow, Scotland, Berlin, Germany, Delhi, India, Johannesburg and South Africa (Biography. Editors).
Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87 in her sleep and she was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Chapel at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. She dedicated her life in the betterment of others and she is an amazing example of how determination, hard work, can allow us to overcome our obstacles no matter what the difficult circumstances are. Helen Keller will always remain as a symbol of light, hope, guidance and a torch for guiding people with disabilities from darkness into the light.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Two readings that I personally felt that I connected to were both Helen Keller and Brent Staples as well. Those two stories connected with me, not a whole lot but there were some parts then and there that connected with me. I strongly feel that I can make certain connections with Brent Staples. To him, he always thought the negative of himself first. “It was clear that she thought to herself the quarry of a mugger, a rapist, or worse’ (464). I relate to Brent because for myself I tend to think the negative of myself first instead of the positive in me.... [tags: Thought, Mind, Helen Keller International]
710 words (2 pages)
- 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).... [tags: Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy]
1029 words (2.9 pages)
- Helen Keller: The Idol of Faith and Determination A small town known as Tuscumbia, Alabama was reviving from the civil war at the time of a very special birth; for it was the birth of a predominantly well known woman of faith, courage, and uttermost determination. Into the world came Helen Keller; a young, curious baby girl full of adventure and prosperity. This birth took place in a plantation home known as Ivy Green on the date of June 27, 1880 (Lawlor 2001). Helen was loved and admired dearly by her two parents Kate Adams Keller and Captain Arthur H.... [tags: Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy, Tuscumbia]
1062 words (3 pages)
- Helen Keller is one of the most inspirational people in American history. She had to overcome physical disabilities and many other obstacles to live the life that she did. Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her parents, Arthur Keller and Kate Adams, both served for the Confederates in the Civil War (Thompson, 2003). Like most parents, they were ecstatic when Keller was born. At 18 months old, she was a happy, healthy baby already learning to say her first few words. However, one morning, she woke up with an extremely high fever and had to go to the hospital.... [tags: Biography, Helen Keller]
1058 words (3 pages)
- There are people all over the world now who are scared and feel like there is no hope for them, but many people keep going, pushing, fighting through the tough times. They can do it because they have hope. Hope, an essential element of survival, is seen in history when Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, was taught to communicate by a single person. In Elie Wiesel's book, Night, when Elie and his father rely on each other’s hope in order to survive, and within my own family when my brother was diagnosed with autism.... [tags: Helen Keller, Elie Wiesel, Night]
2261 words (6.5 pages)
- Learning from Helen Keller Facilitated Communication Institute Helen Keller is probably the most universally recognized disabled person of the twentieth century. (Others such as Franklin Roosevelt were equally well-known, but Keller is remembered primarily for her accomplishments which are disability-related.) Those of us who have grown up in the last half of this century have only known Keller as a figure of veneration. We know her primarily through popularized versions of her life such as the play "The Miracle Worker," or through her autobiographical works such as The Story of My Life (Keller, 1961 ) and The World I Live In (Keller, 1908).... [tags: Helen Keller Deaf Blind Essays]
3874 words (11.1 pages)
- Helen Keller Imagine a life without being able to see or hear and not knowing how to communicate with anyone around you. That world of darkness is what Helen Keller lived in for six years. Helen Keller has been an inspiration to people ever since she turned six. From 1886-1960, she proved herself to be a creative and inspiring woman of America. She was a writer and lecturer who fought for the rights of disadvantaged people all over the world. Most importantly, she overcame her two most difficult obstacles, being blind and deaf.... [tags: Helen Keller Blind Mute Death Essays Bio]
1684 words (4.8 pages)
- On June 27, 1880, Kate Adams Keller and Captain Arthur Keller welcomed their first born Helen Keller into the world. The happy parents and their newborn daughter lived in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen was a contented baby and everything went well on the family 's farm called Ivy Green. As a baby, Helen enjoyed the animals including the horses, dogs, and chickens. When Helen was 19 months old, she became ill with a very high fever and a horrible headache. When Helen became better, her parents suddenly became aware that Helen had lost both her hearing and her sight.... [tags: Helen Keller, Radcliffe College]
791 words (2.3 pages)
- ... At the age of 6 Helen’s parents decided it would be best to hire a professional so after Helen and her fathers trip to meet Alexander Graham Bell, bell told Mr. Keller about a woman he knew at an institute for blind people. The institute was called the Perkins Institute. After phone calls and letters written it was decided that Helen would have an at home teacher in hopes to educate Helen and make life a little easier on her. Helens parents had doubts on whether or not this “teacher” would be able to help their daughter but at this point the desperation to find a cure or to help was serious.... [tags: care, darkness, women´s right]
628 words (1.8 pages)
- The Truth About Helen Keller In Learning Dynamics, the authors, Marjorie Ford and Jon Ford, choose to include an excerpt from The Story of My Life by Helen Keller to show learning from experience. The excerpt titled "The Most Important Day of My Life" mainly draws from Helen Keller's early childhood as she begins her education on the third of March in 1887, three months before she became seven years old. Keller recounts her early experiences of being awakened to a world of words and concepts through the brilliant teaching methods of her teacher, Anne Sullivan.... [tags: Learning Education]
1517 words (4.3 pages)