Helen My Life. She got help from Anne

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27,1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Helen was born with the ability to see and hear but then at the age of 19 months she had contracted an unknown illness that left her blind and deaf. The doctors had said “it was an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, but it might have been  scarlet fever or meningitis. Helen had two siblings Mildred Campbell and Phillip Brooks Keller. She also had two older half-brothers  from her father’s other marriage, James and William Simpson Keller. As a kid she lived in Ivy Green and at the age of seven she had 60 home signs to communicate with her parents. Alexander Graham Bell had a huge impact on Helen’s life. Alexander was working with deaf children at the time when he meet Helen. Alexander advised Helen’s family to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind. Michael Anagnos, the school’s director, asked 20-year-old Anne Sullivan if she could be Helen’s instructor. Anne arrived at Helen’s house and immediately started to  teach Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand. Helen broke a mug because of how frustrated she was.Helen never got married but Anne stayed as a companion after she taught her and she never had kids. Her jobs during her life were being a political activist, Author, and lecturer. Helen wrote 12 published books and articles. Her first book being The Story of My Life. She got help from Anne Sullivan and Anne Sullivan husband and she finished it during college. She was also the first ever blind /deaf person to graduate from college in 1904 from Radcliffe College. The earliest piece of writing she wrote was The Frost King at age 11 but there was allegations that her story was plagiarized from The Frost Fairies. She would also release more books like Light In My Darkness, The World I Live In, and The Song Of The Stone Wall. She was also a political activist for the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World. She would also campaign for Women’s suffrage, labor rights, and Socialism anti militarism. Helen would soon be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame In 1971.Helen would retire after having series of strokes in 1961 and she would also spend most of her last years at her house. The strokes she suffered would be one of the most tragic events  that would put her life on the hold. Sadly she would die on June 1, 1968 at the age of 87, in Easton Connecticut due to natural causes.


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