National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Lydia Maria Child: Selected Letters, 1817–1880

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Lydia Marie Child, Courtesy Massachusetts Historical Society.


University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Lydia Maria Child (nee Francis) (1802 –1880), was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, journalist, and opponent of American expansionism. Her journals, both fiction and domestic manuals, reached wide audiences from the 1820s through the 1850s. A selective edition of the letters of a significant figure in women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. The NHPRC also supported a comprehensive microfilm edition that contains 2,604 letters from Child’s papers at Radcliffe, Cornell, Harvard and other repositories. Topics include antislavery, politics, Childs' professional writing experience, her work as an editor of a children's magazine, her financial assistance to musicians and artists, feminism, and Child's personal life. Recipients include Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Eliot, Margaret Fuller, Charles Dickens, James T. Fields, and William Cullen.

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