Monday, May 14, 2018

Helen Keller, Political & Social Activist

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Helen Adams Keller [born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama–died in 1968 in Easton, Connecticut], circa 1913, possibly at the International Flower Show, New York City, April 1913. Keller was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from university, having graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from Radcliffe College, at the age of 24 in 1904. The story of how she achieved this is told in The Miracle Worker, about the companionship and close friendship between Keller and Anne Sullivan, the resourceful and demanding teacher who introduced her to education. After graduation from university, Keller became a known lecturer, political activist and socialist, fighting for labour rights among other things, writing in 1911, what is still true today: “The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands—the ownership and control of their livelihoods—are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.” For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: Smithsonian Magazine; Library of Congress