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Annie Sullivan The Miracle Worker If mentioned alone the name Annie Sullivan might not bring about any knowledge of the individual It is then when the infamous Helen Keller is referred to that people are able to place Sullivan in history Annie Sullivans life story is ultimate proof of how someone can start in the worst of situations and end up completely fulfilled Sullivan began her life with little family and ended her life blessed with an abundance of meaningful relationships most noteworthy being her lifelong companionship with Helen Keller When a little girl named Helen Keller was diagnosed as blind and deaf after suffering from meningitis her family was desperate for help Many said the only choice was to send young Keller to an institution At that time institutions were horribly kept and usually held little hope for a cure or even help for the inhabitants By the time she was six years old she had grown difficult to deal with often throwing tantrums multiple times a day They turned to Alexander Graham Bell the inventor of the telephone and teacher of the deaf who directed Captain Keller to the institute his son-in-law directed the Perkins Institute for the Deaf and Blind Keller p 35 1961 Through talk with the Perkins Institute it was decided that Annie Sullivan would travel from Boston to the Kellers plantation in Tuscumbia Alabama to work as a live in tutor for Helen At the time Sullivan was twenty-one and a recent graduate of the Perkins Institute for the Deaf and Blind where she earned her spot as valedictorian of her class in 1886 Miss Sullivan was christened under the name Johanna Sullivan She was also called Anne or Annie She was born in 1866 in Feeding Hills Massachusetts Keller p 21 1961 When she was eight years old her mother died and two years later her father deserted Anne and her two siblings She was almost blind as
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