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  Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

Letter from Michael Anagnos, Director of the Perkins School for the Blind to Anne Sullivan, offering a position of governess with the Keller family, August 1886

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Anne as Teacher (1886-1904)
Governess Wanted in Alabama

In August of 1886, Michael Anagnos, Director of the Perkins School for the Blind, asked his star pupil, Anne, if she was interested in working for the Keller family in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He told her that their six-year-old daughter, Helen, had been deaf and blind since the age of 19 months because of a severe illness.

Since that time the baby had grown into a wild and increasingly uncontrollable child. The parents, Kate and Arthur Keller, had contacted the famous inventor and educator of the deaf, Alexander Graham Bell in Washington, D.C. for help. He, in turn, had put them in touch with the Perkins School for the Blind.


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Governess Wanted in Alabama
Teaching Helen
The Power of Words
Anne's Letters to Sophia Hopkins
Early Fame
Teaching Helen Keller How to Speak
Anne's Educational Philosophy
Alexander Graham Bell
Lines of Communication
Radcliffe College
You Must Train Teachers


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