History's HEROES? Dated June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1986

Helen Adams Keller

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Tuscumbia, Alabama
Born there, learned to communicate there.


  • Author of 12 published books
  • First deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor of the arts degree
  • Earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Altered the world's perception of the handicapped


  • A good and strong leader
  • Clever
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Wise
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Just and fair minded


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

Helen Keller was an inspiration to everyone because although she was deaf and blind, she became an author and got a bachelor's degree in the arts. She campaigned for women's suffrage also.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 19 months old, she developed a sickness described as "an acute congestion of the stomach and brain." She recovered, but in the process lost her sight and hearing. A teacher named Anne Sullivan was hired to try to teach Helen to communicate. Keller made a breakthrough when she realized that the motions Sullivan was making on her hand as well as running water on them was the idea of "water". She then went on to get a bachelor's art degree and write a total of 12 books. In her later years, she suffered a series of strokes and spent the last years in her home.

Life in Helen Adams Keller's world

Although she was deaf and blind, Keller was very lively and bright. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in a small house on a homestead that her grandfather had built. She went to Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston and went on to Radcliffe College where she graduated with honors. She wrote 12 published books and gave many speeches. She died in her sleep in June 1986.

Was Helen Adams Keller a Hero?

  • Achieved a lot, despite not being able to see or hear
  • Wrote many inspirational books
  • Gave many motivational speeches and lectures
  • Overcame the large obstacles that life presented her with
  • Campaigned for women's suffrage and labor rights

Things you might not know about Helen Adams Keller

Helen Keller loved animals, especially dogs. She owned multiple dogs throughout her life.
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