Keller, Helen, 1880-1968

Spokesperson for the disabled, socialist, and author. Keller joined the Socialist Party in 1909. Keller and EG corresponded, and supported each other's work, but met only once briefly in 1917 at a ball given by the Masses in New York City. Helen Keller was vehemently outspoken in her opposition to World War I, which she identified as a capitalist war. In the fall of 1917 Keller publically supported Morris Hillquit, the Socialist Party candidate for the mayor of New York City. She spoke out against the Espionage Act and Sedition Act and supported radicals who were imprisoned under the laws, serving on the general advisory board of the League for the Amnesty of Political Prisoners. Keller wrote to EG while she was in prison and her letter was printed in the January 1918 edition of Mother Earth. She wrote a similar letter of support to Eugene Debs while he was serving time for violating the Espionage Act, which was printed in The New York Call on April 24, 1919. Keller continued to defend the IWW during World War I while the union was facing severe government suppression. During March 1918, on the eve of the trial of 101 IWW members in Chicago, Keller wrote an article of support entitled "On the Behalf of the IWW", which was printed in the March 1918 The Liberator. Keller endorsed the Russian Revolution and on December 31, 1918 delivered a speech at Madison Square Garden to rally support for it. In 1918 Keller worked on the film "Deliverance" which portrayed her life story, but when she found out that the release of her film on August 18, 1919 in New York City coincided with the Actor's Equity Strike she refused to attend the showing and joined the strikers in their protest.  Aside from her own published works, Keller contributed to The New York Call, The Liberator, Mother Earth Bulletin and The New Republic

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