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Who Stole Helen Keller?
|Helen Keller joined the picket line against the debut of the silent film Deliverance, about her own life.|
By Ruth Shagoury, teacher educator, Portland, Ore.
Helen Keller worked throughout her long life to achieve social justice; she was an integral part of many social movements in the 20th century. Yet today, she is remembered chiefly as a child who overcame the obstacles of being deaf and blind largely through the efforts of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. 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. Read More.
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More on Helen Keller at the Zinn Education Project website
|The Truth About Helen Keller. Article for teachers and high school students. By Ruth Shagoury. A review of children's picture books about the life of Helen Keller reveals the omission of any description of her active role in key social movements of the 20th century.|