Helen Keller was a notable social activist who took on issues such as women's suffrage, pacifism and birth control. She helped found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.Continue Reading
Becoming deaf, blind and mute at the age of two, Helen Keller shared her experiences with disabilities in lectures and testified before Congress on behalf of improving the lives of the blind. With city planner George Kessler, she also co-founded Helen Keller International in 1915 to fight against social injustices concerning blindness and malnutrition. Keller was a member of the Permanent Blind War Relief Fund and became a member of the American Federation for the Blind in 1924, where she led campaigns to raise funding and awareness for blind people.
Keller was a member of the Socialist Party and became an active participant of it. She openly supported the Socialist Party's presidential candidate Eugene Debs and wrote a series of essays entitled "Out of the Dark" to share her views on socialism. Keller became a counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind in 1946 and traveled to 35 countries on five continents. Her autobiography "The Story of My Life" has been widely published and adapted to film and theater.Learn more about US History