This video is about Helen Adams Keller, the deafblind American author, activist and lecturer.
Many United States ‘mainstream’ views on Keller omit her ‘inconvenient’ criticism of capitalism, of oppression of women, etc.
From British daily The Independent:
Picture of Helen Keller as a child revealed after 120 years
By David Usborne in New York
Friday, 7 March 2008
Photographs of Helen Keller, the world-renowned advocate for the deaf and the blind who suffered from both handicaps herself, are not hard to come by. After all, she only died in 1968, at the age of 87. However, an image of the pioneer which has surfaced this week is a little bit different. Above all, there is its age.
The image, released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was taken 120 years ago and shows an eight-year-old Keller holding the hand of Anne Sullivan, whose legacy is almost as important. She was the teacher who first taught Keller how to understand and articulate language. More important still for Keller scholars, the black and white photograph shows her holding in another hand a doll. The word “doll” was the first Keller ever spoke – the fruit of her lessons from Ms Sullivan, whose technique included spelling out words on the palm of the little girl’s hand.
The picture, apparently taken at Cape Cod in July 1888, was found in an album by Thaxter Spencer, 87, whose mother was a childhood friend of Keller.
In many representations of her, those aspects are omitted. Like with Katharine Lee Bates, author of “America the Beautiful”: about whom it is often conveniently ‘forgotten’ that she was a feminist, a lesbian, a Christian socialist, and an anti-imperialist. Like with Albert Einstein, whose socialism is neglected … Etc.
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- Inspired to Admire: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (bowenspeechblog.wordpress.com)
- Rare Footage of Helen Keller Speaking (capitalogix.typepad.com)
- Helen Keller (niveditabharti.wordpress.com)