Biography and History

Lydia Maria Francis Child was an American author and abolitionist. Her works include the novels Hobomonk (1824) and The Rebels, Or, Boston Before the Revolution (1825), and she founded Juvenile Miscellany (1825), a bi-monthly magazine for children. In 1833 she wrote An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans, which drew a lot of support as well as criticism and hostility, but she kept on undaunted, attacking slavery in several other works. When John Brown was wounded and imprisoned at Harper's Ferry, Child asked the governor for permission to come to Virginia and nurse him.

Source: From the finding aid for C1032