Monday, June 27

Happy Birthday



Helen Adams Keller, June 27, 1880-June 1, 1968

Absent from the spunky-girl-overcomes-tremendous-disabilities movie and the feel-good memorials is the real Helen Keller: socialist, suffragist, pacifist, supporter of birth control, the Wobblies, and the NAACP, co-founder of the ACLU. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, back when that meant something.

5 comments:

Yosef said...

Yeah, it's almost surprising they teach kids about her, she being a dirty hippie socialist and all. Of course they don't mention anything in schools after she learns to sign...

Yankee T said...

Excellent post. Thanks for this.

eRobin said...

Thanks for remembering her.

D. Sidhe said...

Yes, thanks. And thanks for remembering *all* of her, too. Not just the approved pap.

Christopher said...

You know, I actually didn't learn much about Helen Keller in school. In fact, as I recall, the main stuff about her was from a chapter of A People's History of The United States which focused on socialism in Helen Keller's time.

I guess it goes without saying that I went to a private school.