• Helen was born near Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 23, 1880.
• Her father, Arthur, was a confederate captain and related to General Robert E. Lee.
• Her mother, Kate, was a well-read woman who came from an intellectual family.
• Arthur had two sons from a previous marriage. Helen was the first child for Kate and first for their marriage.
• Helen was fussed over as a child in the family. She was very outgoing and persistent.
• She spoke at six months and seemed to develop at an advanced rate. She was a thriving and normal child through her first nineteen months.
• In February 1882, she suffered from an acute fever which took away her sight and hearing.
• Helen spent the next five years living in isolation.
• She was able to communicate with her mother using a limited sign language. She did a few chores as well.
• As her ability to express herself...
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