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Helen Keller, a life in American history, Meredith Eliassen

This book provides new and exciting interpretations of Helen Keller's unparalleled life as "the most famous American woman in the world" during her time, celebrating the 141st anniversary of her birth. Helen Keller: A Life in American History explores Keller's life, career as a lobbyist, and experiences as a deaf-blind woman within the context of her relationship with teacher-guardian-promoter Anne Sullivan Macy and overarching social history. The book tells the dual story of a pair struggling with respective disabilities and financial hardship and the oppressive societal expectations set for women during Keller's lifetime. This narrative is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Helen Keller's role in the development of support services specifically related to the deaf-blind, as delineated as different from the blind. Readers will learn about Keller's challenges and choices as well as how her public image often eclipsed her personal desires to live independently. Keller's deaf-blindness and hard-earned but limited speech did not define her as a human being as she explored the world of ideas and wove those ideas into her writing, lobbying for funds for the American Federation for the Blind and working with disabled activists and supporters to bring about practical help during times of tremendous societal change
Table Of Contents
Series Foreword Introduction: Why Helen Keller Matters Chapter 1 Intersections: Alone We Can Do So Little Chapter 2 Interventions Chapter 3 Helen's Pen Pals Chapter 4 Articulating Helen Chapter 5 Money Talks Chapter 6 The Boundless Universe Chapter 7 Wrentham Chapter 8 What Is in a Name? Chapter 9 Preparedness and Paradoxes Chapter 10 Between Persona and Image Chapter 11 Together We Can Do So Much Timeline Primary Source Documents Bibliography Index
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xxvi, 278 pages), illustrations, portraits.
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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