She had four siblings; two full siblings, Mildred Campbell (Keller) Tyson and Phillip Brooks Keller, and two older half-brothers from her father's prior marriage, James Mc Donald Keller and William Simpson Keller.One of Helen's Swiss ancestors was the first teacher for the deaf in Zurich.
A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor rights, socialism, antimilitarism, and other similar causes.
She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.
" Keller then nearly exhausted Sullivan demanding the names of all the other familiar objects in her world.
Helen Keller was viewed as isolated but was very in touch with the outside world.
“I was simply making my fingers go in monkey-like imitation.” Keller's breakthrough in communication came the next month, when she realized that the motions her teacher was making on the palm of her hand, while running cool water over her other hand, symbolized the idea of "water".
Writing in her autobiography, The Story of My Life, Keller recalled the moment.In May 1888, Keller started attending the Perkins Institute for the Blind.In 1894, Keller and Sullivan moved to New York to attend the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, and to learn from Sarah Fuller at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf.Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer.She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.But soon she began imitating Sullivan’s hand gestures.“I did not know that I was spelling a word or even that words existed,” Keller remembered.Keller reflected on this irony in her first autobiography, stating "that there is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his." In 1886, Keller's mother, inspired by an account in Charles Dickens' American Notes of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman, dispatched the young Keller, accompanied by her father, to seek out physician J.Julian Chisolm, an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore, for advice.Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from Jimmy Carter.A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions.