This Day in History

June 27, 1880: Helen Keller Born

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Disability

Helen KellerHelen Keller (June 27, 1880–June 1, 1968) worked throughout her long life to achieve social justice; she was an integral part of many social movements in the 20th century.

Yet today, as Ruth Shagoury writes,

The ‘Helen Keller story’ that is stamped in our collective consciousness freezes her in childhood. While she may be hailed as a ‘hero’ in lesson plans for today’s children, the books recount only a fraction of what makes Helen Keller heroic.

In honor of Keller’s birthday today, please read and share “Who Stole Helen Keller?” by Ruth Shagoury.