"As the cool stream gushed over one hand ... I felt a misty
consciousness as of something forgotten, a thrill of returning thought,
and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me." April 5, 1887, was the day Anne Sullivan placed Helen Keller's hand under a gushing water pump and used sign language to spell "w-a-t-e-r" into Helen's palm. Helen grasped the meaning - spelling the word back into Sullivan's palm - and excitedly learned 30 more words that day.
Keller would go on to become the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college, write books and crusade for the disabled.
Here’s some reading on Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan:
Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller by Georgina Kleege
Helen Keller: Selected Writings by Helen Keller
The Radical Lives of Helen Keller by Kim Nielsen
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy by Joseph Lash
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