The Radical Lives of Helen Keller (The History of Disability)

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The Radical Lives of Helen Keller 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 interest in radicalism and anti-capitalist activism - has been largely overwhelmed by the sentimentalized story of her as a young deaf-blind girl. Full description

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"Constitutes an important contribution to both the bibliography on Helen Keller and the advancement of disability studies... Nielsen draws on a diverse and revealing body of source materials to give shape and dimension to key topics and arguments... Nielsen does a particularly effective job of giving voice to Keller by drawing on letters, writings, and the statements of others; the direct quotes from Keller that she includes - and there are a multitude - enliven the text and strengthen the reader's sense of Keller as an intellectual and a person as well as of the times which she lived. This sophisticated use of sources and quotes yields a strong, riveting narrative." --Sign Language Studies

"Radical Lives fills out an important dimension of our cultural memory of the adult Helen Keller." --Ms. Magazine

"As a person who has labored through numerous thick volumes on the life of this remarkable deaf-blind woman, I am delighted with Nielsen's concise and refreshing scholarly work." --Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

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Kim E. Nielsen is Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies in the Department of Social Change and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She lives in Green Bay, WI.

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