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The radical lives of Helen Keller

Author: Kim E Nielsen
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2004.
Series: History of disability series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Several decades after her death in 1968, Helen Keller remains one of the most widely recognized women of the twentieth century. But the fascinating story of her vivid political life - particularly her radicalism and anti-capitalist activism - has been largely overwhelmed by the sentimentalized story of her as a young deaf blind girl." "Keller had many lives indeed. Best known for her advocacy on behalf of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Helen Keller; Helen Keller; Helen Keller; Helen Keller
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kim E Nielsen
ISBN: 0814758134 9780814758137 9780814758465 0814758460
OCLC Number: 52514374
Description: xiv, 178 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I do not like this world as it is: 1900-1924 --
The call of the sightless: 1924-1937 --
Manna in my desert places: 1937-1948 --
I will not allow Polly to climb a pyramid: 1948-1968 --
One of the least free people on earth: the making and remaking of Helen Keller.
Series Title: History of disability series.
Responsibility: Kim E. Nielsen ; consulting editor, Harvey J. Kaye.
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Using analytic tools and new sources, Kim E. Nielsen's political biography of Helen Keller has many lives, teasing out the motivations for and implications of her political and personal revolutions  Read more...

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