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U.S. author and political activist for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and antimilitarism; the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor's degreewd:Q38203
country of citizenship:
United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Radcliffe College, Harvard University
occupation: writer, orator, essayist, political activist, suffragist, trade unionist, peace activist, suffragette, linguist, autobiographer
award received: Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Women's Hall of Fame, Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, Labor Hall of Honor, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Order of St. Sava, Knight of the Order of the Southern Cross, Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, Order of the Sacred Treasure, Order of Merit, Legion of Honour, Order of the Southern Cross, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
student of: Anne Sullivan
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day." Her June 27th birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from US President Jimmy Carter.
A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.
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