Last week I wrote about Laura Bridgman, who it turns out was the first deaf and blind person to be successfully educated, not Helen Keller. What prompted that story actually had to do with a piece of Helen Keller history that came to my attention recently, and I wondered “why have I never heard about this?”
I would like to begin by saying I am not attempting to denigrate Helen Keller’s life and legacy or diminish her many accomplishments, but I was a bit shocked to learn these new facts about her. You can take it for what its worth and make your own conclusions. Read on.
Helen Keller, Socialist
By November 1912 her name and “socialism” had been in the news for awhile (and would continue to be for years to come). She was told by friends that she had “shared the front pages with baseball, Mr. Roosevelt and the New York police scandal.” She was happy that people were interested in her and teacher Anne Sullivan, who had married John Macy. “Even notoriety may be turned to beneficent uses, and I rejoice if the disposition of the newspapers to record my activities results in bringing more often into their columns the word Socialism.”
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