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Birth: Helen Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia Alabama. At six months old, she was able to communicate with her parents.
Childhood: When Helen Keller was on 19 months old, she had a high fever which left her blind and deaf. Helen soon was referred to the Perkins Institution for the blind for help. This is where Helen met Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan was a teacher who helped Helen for 49 years. She taught her how to behave, spell things and speak. By age 10 Helen knew the manual alphabet, and knew how to use the typewriter.
Family: Helen's family was very big. Helen's mom, Kate always helped Helen out. So did her dad Arthur. Helen's dad owned a cotton plantation and was an officer during the Civil War, for the Confederate Army. Helen also had 4 siblings, Mildred, William Simpson, Phillips, and James.
School and College: Helen's parents referred her to the Perkins Institute School for the blind and deaf. This is where Helen felt words on the palm of her hand, through the movement of fingers. By 1904 Helen graduated from Radcliffe College. She learned to read French, German, Greek, and Latin in Braille. Because of these accomplishments, she became famous. She was also the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
Important Life Events: 1. Helen became an American author and wrote 12 books including an autobiography. She also traveled to over 40 countries to lecture people about the blind and prevent the causes of blindness. 2. In 1920 she found the American Civil Liberties Union. She was presented with a the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 for her work for the blind and deaf. 3. Helen was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1965.
Death: On June 1, 1968 in Westport Connecticut, Helen Keller laid down her life in her own home. Helen Keller died from natural causes. Death came for her at 3:35pm. She was 87 years old when she died.
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