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 Lydia Maria <I>Francis</I> Child

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Lydia Maria Francis Child

  • Birth 11 Feb 1802 Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 20 Oct 1880 Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 24074927

Author. A native of Medford, Massachusetts, she wrote over fifty books, edited periodicals and wrote many poems during her lifetime. Her most popular book was "The Frugal Housewife" which had thirty-three editions and her most famous poem was the Thanksgiving classic "Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandfather's House We Go". In addition to popular works, she used her writing skills to become a leader in the anti-slavery movement. In 1833 she published "An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans", which some historians consider the first abolitionist book published in the United States. She followed this book with other abolitionist writings including editing the "National Anti-Slavery Standard" and authoring "The Freedmen's Book" to help freed slaves after the Civil War. She wrote works promoting the suffrage movement, is considered the author of New England's first historic novel and is credited with starting the United States' first children's magazine, "Juvenile Miscellany". Recognized by her contemporaries as one of America's most powerful writers, she was still active in social causes at the time of her death in Wayland, Massachusetts.

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  • Added: 20 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24074927
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lydia Maria Francis Child (11 Feb 1802–20 Oct 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24074927, citing North Cemetery, Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .