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• Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was 19 months old, an illness left her blind and deaf. Helen’s parents sought the help of Samuel Howe, who had been successful teaching a blind and deaf girl. Kate, Helen’s mother, also sought the help of hearing specialist Alexander Graham Bell, who recommended his son-in-law Michael Anagnos. Anagnos was the director of the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston. He chose Annie Sullivan to serve as Helen’s teacher.

• Annie Sullivan was born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Disease left her nearly blind at age five. After her mother died and she was abandoned by her father, Annie and her brother Jimmie were sent to the state almshouse, or poorhouse, in Tewksbury. Annie was haunted by Jimmie’s death, which occurred months after their arrival. Anne partially regained her sight after an operation in 1881. She graduated as valedictorian of her class from Perkins. She had never taught before she was hired to teach Helen Keller.

• Helen and Annie are the main characters in The Miracle Worker. Other characters include:

—Captain Keller, Helen’s father, a newspaper publisher and former Confederate Army captain
—Kate Keller, Helen’s mother
—James, Keller’s son and Helen’s half-brother
—Percy, a servant boy
—Martha, a servant girl
—Aunt Ev, Keller’s sister
—Anagnos, head of the Perkins school who sends Annie to the Kellers
—Viney, servant at the Kellers’ house
—students at the Perkins school
—the doctor who tended to Helen during her illness

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How do you feel when you are unable to communicate with or express yourself to other people?

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