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Definition: Child, Lydia Maria Francis from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US writer, social critic, and feminist, author of the popular women's guides The Frugal Housewife 1829 and The Mother's Book 1831. With her husband, David Child, she worked for the abolition of slavery, advocating educational support for black Americans. The Childs edited the weekly National Anti-Slavery Standard 1840–44.

Child, born in Medford, Massachusetts, received little formal education but read widely and published several historical novels about life in colonial New England.


Child, Lydia Maria Francis

Summary Article: Child, Lydia Maria
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Feb. 11, 1802, Medford, Mass., U.S.—died Oct. 20, 1880, Wayland) U.S. abolitionist and author. She was raised in an abolitionist family and was greatly influenced by her brother, a Unitarian clergyman. She wrote historical novels and published a popular manual, The Frugal Housewife (1829). After meeting William Lloyd Garrison in 1831, she became active in abolitionist work. Her Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833) was widely read and induced many to join the abolitionist cause. From 1841 to 1843 she edited the National Anti-Slavery Standard. Her home was a stage on the Underground Railroad.

Birth Place: Medford, Massachusetts, United States

Death Place: Wayland, Massachusetts, United States

Name: Child, Lydia Maria or Lydia Maria Child

Gender: female

Nationality: American

Activity: American author

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