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Helen Keller, Author and Political Activist

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Helen Keller, 1912 from Library of CongressHelen Keller, 1912 from Library of Congress

Helen Keller in Braille
Helen Keller spelled in Braille

 

 

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Biography Resources

 

Primary Sources

 

Multimedia Sources

 

Helen Keller as a Political Activist

 

Learning Plans 

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For a biography, see Helen Keller from the American Foundation for the Blind

 

 

See also Helen Keller Kids Online Museum

 

  • Deaf and blind at birth, she supported progressive causes and women's rights as well as opposing discrimination against people with disabilities.
    • She advocated for women's suffrage, birth control, and pacifism. 

 

      • Became a socialist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) 

 

        • Traveled the world inspiring millions of people with disabilities

 

 

 

Anne Sullivan—Helen Keller Memorial, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

 

 

Anne Sullivan—Helen Keller Memorial, Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Helen Keller's Vaudeville Q & A, Perkins School for the Blind

 

  • Background on Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy's 1920s vaudeville routine
  • Watch to learn more on how Helen Keller learned to speak 

 

 

Primary Sources

 

  • The Story of My Life (1905), an autobiography she began writing when she was 22 years-old, published as an e-book by the University of Pennsylvania

 

 

  • Click here to read the FBI files on Helen Keller.

 

 

  • Click here for "I Must Speak" by Helen Keller

 

A-S-L in American Sign Language
A-S-L in American Sign Language

 

 

 Multimedia Resources


Helen Keller Speech, a re-enactment of a speech given by Keller at the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention, on YouTube with the text included.

Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan, 1930s newsreel footage on YouTube

Helen Keller Tribute Film from the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

For more materials, including historic photographs, see Helen Keller: An Introduction from the American Association for the Blind.

See the Facebook page for the film Becoming Helen Keller

 

 

Helen Keller as a Political Activist


The Radical Dissent of Helen Keller from Yes! Magazine (July 12, 2012)

The Politics of Helen Keller, International Socialist Review

 

Learning Plans


Exploring Disability using Multimedia and the B-D-A Reading Strategy from ReadWriteThink

See Helen Keller resources from the Disability History Museum

 

 

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