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 Helen Adas Keller
Full Name: Helen Adas Keller
Born: June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Died: June 1, 1968 in Westport, Connecticut

Helen Keller became famous as a deaf and blind girl who learned how to communicate with the help of a teacher named Anne Sullivan, as portrayed in the play and film The Miracle Worker. More than communicate, Keller became a prolific author.

But there’s another facet of Helen Keller that isn’t widely publicized; she was a left-wing political activist.

A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, Keller campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights and other causes that even Wikipedia dismisses as “radical left.” Encyclopedia Britannica’s article about Helen Keller doesn’t mention her political activism at all, except for her efforts to improve treatment of the deaf and the blind. Ironically, Helen Keller is an embarrassment to the rich and powerful people who control the U.S.