Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Helen Keller - Life After Radcliffe

Helen's formal education did not end with her B.A. from Radcliffe. She had many other published works, all of which were done with the assistance of her 'teacher,' Anne Sullivan. The include the following titles: The World I Live In; The Song of the Stone Wall; Out of the Dark; My Religion; Midstream--My Later Life; Peace at Eventide; Helen Keller in Scotland; Helen Keller's Journal; Let Us Have Faith; Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy; and the Open Door.
Amazingly, Helen used a braille typewriter to prepare her manuscripts, then transferred them to a regular typewriter.
Helen received honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University, Harvard University, and the Universities of Glasgow, Scotland; Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; and Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was also an Honorary Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland.

Anne Sullivan Macy

Helen's political ideology became clear in the years following her graduation from Radcliffe. It was while she was enrolled that Anne Sullivan met John Macy, a prominent socialist of the times. Anne and John were married in 1905.  Helen lived with the Macys in Wrentham, Massachusetts. During the years with the Macys Helen was introduced to John's views on socialism. In 1909 she became a member of the Socialist Party of Massachusetts.

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