Helen felt some hesitation while writing her story. She thinks writing down autobiography is a hard task. It is not easy to present the exact picture of childhood as she could not clearly distinguish between the facts and fancy as lots of years passed by. She had forgotten many important events of her childhood in the process of learning new things.
Helen Keller was born on 27th June, 1880 in Tuscumbia, a little town of northern Alabama. She was eldest daughter of Arthur H. Keller who was a captain in the Confederate Army and Kate Adams. Her father’s ancestors came from Switzerland and settled in Maryland.
The beginning of her life was just like any other child. It was decided that she should be named after her grandmother but her father lost her name on the way of church for baptism. When being asked he told her name Helen Adams and she got her name.
She could walk when she was a year old. Happy days were going but when she was nineteen months old she got ill. The doctor identified illness as acute congestion of the stomach and brain. This illness took away her eyesight and her hearing ability. Gradually, she got used to silence and darkness until her teacher came in her life.
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