Letters of Lydia Maria Child: With a Biographical Introduction

by Lydia Maria Child


Lydia Maria Child (1802 –1880) was many things, but always an activist. She was deeply involved in many causes, including abolition, women’s rights, indigenous rights, and opposing American expansionism. Writer by trade, she was the editor of The National Anti-Slavery Standard, and she wrote novels, domestic manuals, edited a children’s magazine, and much more. She also was a philanthropist and assisted many causes, artists and musicians financially.

Child, as a prolific writer, also has massive collections of her letters across several archives, including the National Archives and the University of Michigan. In these letters, her friendships, interests, her heartache at the institutional politics of the antislavery movement, portrayal of New York Bohemia and more are depicted in her letters.

This edition is dedicated to Emma Norma, energetic editor, teacher, scholar.