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Lydia Maria Child

a.k.a. Lydia Maria (nee) Francis Child, L. Maria Child

Author Code: ALMC

Born: Feb.11, 1802 - Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Died: Jul. 7, 1880 - Wayland, Massachusetts, USA

Educated at home and at a local women's seminary, Child spent some time as a teacher before writing her first novel, Hobomok, in 1824. This work has the distinction of being the first novel of historical fiction published in the United States. It was a success and Child became a celebrity in Boston literary circles. In 1825, she published The Rebels, or Boston Before the Revolution, another historical novel which achieved instant success. In 1826, she founded the children's magazine Juvenile Miscellany. In 1828, she married David Lee Child, a lawyer and editor/publisher of the Massachusetts Journal. She began to contribute to his magazine and also began to share his political views. She was an advocate of Indian rights and developed strong abolitionist sentiments. In 1829, she published The Frugal Housewife, an advisory book that was extremely popular. In 1833, her work An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called African was instrumental in convincing many Americans that slavery should be abolished. She became close friends with Garrison, Channing, Wendel Phillips and other leading abolitionists of the day. She continued to publish other works throughout the 1830's and 1840's, but her abolitionist work took most of her efforts. After John Brown's Harper Ferry raid in 1857, she published a pamphlet on anti-slavery which sold three hundred thousand copies. After the Civil War and the end of slavery, she published The Freedmen's Book aimed at helping ex-slaves in their transition. In 1868, and in returning to her earlier interest, she published An Appeal for the Indians. Her other works include The Mother's Book (1831), Philothea (1836), Letters From New York (1843), Fact and Fiction (1846), Isaac T. Hopper: A True Life (1853), Autumnal Leaves (1857) and Aspirations of the World (1878).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ALMC001 The Duty of Disobediance to the Fugitive Slave Act
  Appeal to the Constitutionality of the Fugitive Slave Act
  Appeal to the Legislators of Massachusetts
  The Higher Law - Cranch
  No Slave Hunt in Our Borders! - Whittier
  Stanzas For the Times - Whittier
  On the Surrender of a Fugitive Slave - Lowell
  Testimonies Against the Fugitive Slave Act
  Vermont Personal Liberty Law
1860 21 242k eBook Download PDF - 'The Duty of Disobediance to the Fugitive Slave Act' (ALMC001) Find a printed copy of The Duty of Disobediance to the Fugitive Slave Act by Lydia Maria Child at AbeBooks
ALMC002 Philothea 1836 123 636k eBook Download PDF - 'Philothea' (ALMC002) Find a printed copy of Philothea by Lydia Maria Child at AbeBooks
ALMC003 A Romance of the Republic 1867 201 949k eBook Download PDF - 'A Romance of the Republic' (ALMC003) Find a printed copy of A Romance of the Republic by Lydia Maria Child at AbeBooks

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