Saturday, March 5, 2011
Primary Analysis: Helen Keller
The story of how Helen Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation of her disabilities, helping the girl communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of The Miracle Worker. Helen Keller is an inspiration, as she is the first person with both disabilities (deaf and blind) to earn a college degree. However, little attention is paid by most historians to her work as a political activist. Keller not only promoted progressive reforms, such as women's suffrage, but was an active socialist writer and lecturer. See Keller's file from the FBI.
Explore this side of her life. Analyze one of the following works by Keller. How does this relate to the progressivism of the time period? The Labor Movement? If you lived in the Red Scare, how might you react? Discuss the controversial nature of this, in comparison to America as a capitalist state.
How I became a Socialist-1912
The Spirit of Lenin-1929
Letter to Eugene V. Debs-1919
Help Soviet Russia-1921
What are your thoughts? Concerns? Comments?
Please complete this primary analysis by Saturday, 3/12/2011 at 11:59 pm.