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Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday—The Teaching Corner: Alexander Graham Bell

Just a quickie link to a fascinating and inspiring letter written by Alexander Graham Bell to Annie Sullivan after her student, Helen Keller, was accused of plagiarism following the publication of her autobiography, The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller (now available in the public domain).

Alexander Graham Bell

Originally posted on BRAIN PICKINGS, by Maria Popova

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A letter to Annie Sullivan, 2 April 1903, from Alexander Graham Bell.

What's interesting about this is Bell's backstory and his extensive personal and professional history of working with the deaf.

Both his mother and his wife were deaf, and it was his research into speech development and sound production (i.e. hearing devices) that led to his invention of the telephone.  His father, grandfather and brother were all elocutionists, and as a tutor at his father's school for the deaf, he worked with Helen Keller.

Pretty interesting!