Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968)

Keller was an influential author, lecturer, and political activist, as stated by the <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2006-10-12/features/0610120036_1_tobacco-industry-connecticut-women-s-hall-keller-s-life-story">Hartford Courant</a>.  Best known for overcoming the adversity of being blind and deaf, Keller became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.  The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing Keller to learn how to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play, "The Miracle Worker."  Keller died in her sleep at her home in Easton.

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Keller was an influential author, lecturer, and political activist, as stated by the Hartford Courant. Best known for overcoming the adversity of being blind and deaf, Keller became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing Keller to learn how to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play, "The Miracle Worker." Keller died in her sleep at her home in Easton.

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