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Whether a kid or a curious adult, listen to Helen Keller's desire for an education, and how she changed the world with tenacity and her teacher.
Publish Date: Feb 05, 2021
Whether a kid or a curious adult, listen to this snippet of Helen Keller's desire for an education, and how she changed the world with tenacity and her teacher. With these two things, she not only impacted the world with her work, but built herself a life, and gave herself purpose, from what often embitters others as "unfair" disadvantages. And if you want to broaden your perspective even further, check out the I Can't Believe That Happened History Podcast here at Vurbl.
Here's where I'm going to show you a little bit more about her life and what really impresses me. Some of you might know I'm disabled myself, that my disabilities in my limbs. But it's still a very interesting world and how people perceive you when you have a disability and how hard you work just to do basic things. So this is where Helen Keller just blows my mind. So she, um, she was having a very hard time communicating, and she knew she wouldn't be able to speak to everyone in the world the way that she and and were able to speak. So she spent 25 years doing speech therapy. Say it again, 25 years. So part of her willfulness and her rage, the other side of that, the good side of being willful and stubborn is that you're stubborn, you don't give up, and you work really hard at what it is you feel is the most important thing to you. And once she was able to go for bad behavior, she still held on to the good parts of that, which is her tenaciousness, which is another word. We're being very stubborn and making sure that you don't let go of your goals. And her goal was to be able to communicate. So she spent 25 years learning speech therapy so that other people could understand her when she spoke. So that's amazing. Oh, you get to hear my doggies. I'm gonna get someone's home. But that's okay. This is really life. This is my world, and my dogs are very loud. Um, she got a reputation in the best possible way. So she became very famous and in famous in that their articles written about her, and that led to her meeting a lot of other famous and very interesting people. So she decided she was going to go to college. This is not a small thing. This is a time where it was hard for any woman to go to college. And Helen Keller is still blind and death. Even though she can speak and people understand her, she can't hear them. And she still decided that college was very important to her. So she decided to go to college, and at this time she met Mark Twain. You might have heard about him. He is very famous for writing a book called Huckleberry Finn, among other books. I love him. I read a lot of his books. Please, if you can go the library and grab one of his books, he's funny and interesting. Um, he was also very much so. Mark Twain also had some very interesting political ideas, and we're gonna get to Helen Keller's political ideas in a minute, I promised, but they became very good friends, and it lasted for I believe all of his life. Um, a very wealthy oil executive was really moved by Helen Keller, and he paid for her entire education at Radcliffe College. And she went there with an her teacher who would sit beside her and fingers out the lectures. Um, absolutely amazing to me at this time. When she was only in her early twenties, Helen even wrote an autobiography called The Story of My Life, which you nervous 24 year olds maybe not a whole lot to write about, but for Helen, there was a lot to write about. Okay, so this is also where she blows my mind because I believe very strongly in helping others. And in doing the most mobile service, I can for others around me. But like Helen, I'm also disabled, and it's not always easy for me to do that. So I am amazed at her involvement as a social activist. She was tireless. She would travel all over the East Coast and work for the ability for people to see others with disabilities as not being someone who can't contribute to the world so she would go out and speak about that. She spoke strongly about women's rights. She was a huge person in the women's suffrage at movement, which was the women's rights to vote. I don't know if you know this, but women were not always allowed to vote. She fought very hard for that, right, and she fought very hard for labor rights. She believed that people who were workers should be able to have some time off and that they should be able to work in safe places. Now we have those laws now, and that is because of people like Helen, who fought so hard for