Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Helen Keller- Jacqui Duthie

Helen Keller was born on June 27th, 1880 and died June 1st, 1968. She lived a long and very active life. She was an activist and an author. What makes Helen Keller rememberable was that she was the first deafblind person to graduate from college. When she was 19 months old, she came down with an illness that was either scarlet fever or meningitis. When the illness subsided, it left her deaf and blind. She was able to learn 60 home signs to speak with her family. Later in life, Helen Keller contribute to feminism by supporting birth control and she supported civil rights. She also supported the working-class by joining the Socialist party.

To be honest, I did not remember much about Helen Keller before this assignment. I remember hearing her name but did not know the history. What I can learn from her that being both deaf and blind, she was still able to communicate with her family and society when she was older. She did not let that stop her from helping others and making amazing friends like Alexander Graham Bell, Mark Twain, Charlie Chaplin, and the Presidents of the United States. She was a role model to everyone


1 comment:

Vinod said...

A precis of her Socialist activities: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/keller-helen/intro.htm

'Why Men Need Women's Suffrage' http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/keller-helen/works/1910s/13_10_17.htm