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Lydia Maria Child

(1802—1880)


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(1802–80),

Massachusetts Abolitionist, whose Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans (1833) won many to the antislavery cause, as did her widely circulated Correspondence (1860) with the governor of Virginia. Her fiction, humane and didactic rather than creative, includes Hobomok (1824), a romance set in Massachusetts during Endecott's governorship and glorifying the “noble savage”; The Rebels; or, Boston Before the Revolution (1825), concerned with the Stamp Tax agitation; and Philothea (1836), a romance of classical Greece. She was a sister of Convers Francis.

Subjects: Literature — United States History.


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