Remembering Helen Keller, who was born on this day in 1880.
A prolific author, Keller was well-travelled and outspoken in her convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other radical left causes.
“Once I believed that blindness, deafness, tuberculosis, and other causes of suffering were necessary, unpreventable. But gradually my reading extended, and I found that those evils are to be laid not at the door of Providence, but at the door of mankind; that they are, in large measure, due to ignorance, stupidity and sin.”
She visited slums and learned about the struggles of workers and immigrants to improve their working and living conditions.
“I have visited sweatshops, factories, crowded slums,” she wrote, “If I could not see it, I could smell it.”
– Helen Keller’s Radical Vision