Over the river, and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
(The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day, 11-15)
Born February 11, 1802, in Medford, Massachusetts, Lydia Maria Child made her living as a novelist, story-story writer, schoolteacher, editor, writer for children, and controversialist. Her first notorious work, a novel entitled Hobomok, A Tale of Early Times (1824), celebrated interracial marriage. Later she published books for and on women, including The Frugal Housewife (1829) The Mother's Book (1831), The Girl's Own Book (1831), and The History of the Condition of Women (1835), and created and edited the first major children's journal, Juvenile Miscellany (1826-1834), in which she brought out some of her most memorable poetry. Her An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans (1833) and editorship of the National Anti-Slavery Standard (1841-43) established her as one of the century's great abolitionists. Her poetry collections were
She finally settled in Wayland, Mass. Her marriage to David Lee Child in 1828 lasted until his death in 1874. She died October 20, 1880.
Given name: Lydia Maria
Family name: Child
Birth date: 1802
Death date: 1880