Helen Keller: What You Didn't Know About The Outspoken Socialist

By Karen Harris
Helen Keller on her four-acre estate near Westport, Conn. (David McLane/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Today, Helen Keller's name is synonymous with overcoming obstacles. The story of the blind and deaf child's struggle to learn to communicate with the help of a dedicated teacher is a famous one, but there was much more to Helen Keller than her disabilities. She was, among other things, an Oscar-winning socialist world traveler and dog lover who hobnobbed with celebrities, cofounded the American Civil Liberties Union, and inspired a Bollywood movie.