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American Women and the Right to Vote


Monday, April 6, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online

Join us for a four-week series on American Women and their struggle to obtain the right to vote coinciding with The Centennial of the Women's Right to Vote.

This lecture will be livestreamed. Visit the Darien Library YouTube page to watch this lecture.

Week Three: Helen Keller: Connecticut Socialist

This remarkable individual is rarely, if ever, association with the suffrage movement. But her political stance in the early 20th century bears relating. Besides her inspiring story of overcoming blindness and deafness to become a world class lecturer and author, she was an ardent Socialist. She campaigned for Eugene Debs every time he ran for president. She was anti-Capitalist and pro-Worker as a member of not only the Socialist Party; but the more radical International Workers of the World or Wobblies. She Was anti-war, and with America's entry into the Great War, a foe of President Woodrow Wilson. Helen Keller supported Lenin's revolution in 1917. And she was a prolific writer of Socialist values. Truly a remarkable individual.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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