Lydia Maria Child: The Quest for Racial Justice (Oxford by Lori Kenschaft

By Lori Kenschaft

Lydia Maria baby offers the lifetime of the dynamic nineteenth-century author who, via her pen and at nice own fee to her literary occupation, spoke out for these silenced in society -- slaves, local american citizens, ladies, and the terrible. on the sunrise of the 1830s, Lydia Maria baby was once a celebrated writer, recognized for her well known family guide, The Frugal Housewife, and Hobomok, a singular of yankee Indian lifestyles. In 1833, with the book of her debatable allure in desire of that category of american citizens referred to as Africans, kid's existence replaced dramatically from literary determine to antislavery activist. Her attraction helped ignite the abolitionist flow, and several other antislavery leaders -- together with Wendell Phillips and Charles Sumner -- credited it with changing them to the reason. An inspirational examine a rare lady, Lydia Maria baby is the tale of ways one individual fought for the fundamental human correct of freedom -- for all.

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Back when she was editing the Standard, Child had published a weekly “Letter from New-York” about her experiences in 62 T H E P U R S U I T O F L I T E R A RY E XC E L L E N C E the country’s largest city. She loved to wander the streets, going places where respectable women usually did not venture—such as the Tombs, New York’s notoriously dark and dirty prison, or the blocks where prostitutes gathered. In her columns, she compassionately described fugitive slaves, abused women, ill-treated prisoners, starving children living by their wits on the street, and the tragedies of racial and religious prejudice.

They also had taken in three orphaned black children, and Child enjoyed the novel experience of living in an interracial household. Black and white members of the household (including black and white servants) all ate at the same table—a shocking arrangement by the standards of the time. ” The local school became integrated when Child took the children there and stayed until she was sure they would be welcomed—an act that took a great deal of courage after Prudence Crandall’s ordeal. One white family withdrew its child from the 51 LYDIA MARIA CHILD school, but otherwise the black children were accepted without difficulties.

Fighting for Indian rights was not a good way to make a living, so Maria also turned her pen to more practical purposes. In 1829 she published the first edition of The Frugal Housewife, a domestic advice manual that became enormously popular. ” She wrote for “middling” women who did not have servants, running water, or other conveniences and who had to make a small income stretch as far as possible. Drawing on the lessons she had learned from her sister Mary back in Norridgewock, she gave directions for “Cheap Common Cooking,” home remedies for illnesses ranging from toothache to ringworm to cancer, and a multitude of tips for preserving foods, taking care of clothing and home furnishings, and generally saving every possible penny.

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