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 Elizabeth Buffum “Lillie” <I>Chace</I> Wyman

Elizabeth Buffum “Lillie” Chace Wyman

Valley Falls, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 10 Jan 1929 (aged 81)
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 24721855 · View Source
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Social Activist and Author. The daughter of abolitionists Samuel B. Chase and Elizabeth Buffum Chase, she attended a boarding school organized by other activists, receiving instruction from Theodore Dwight Weld and Angelina Grimke, among others. Though she suffered from depression and other ailments, Lillie Buffum Chace (known professionally after her marriage as Lillie B. Chace Wyman) sought to take part in post-Civil War reform movements as a writer, publishing fiction based on real circumstances which appeared regularly in "The Atlantic Monthly" and other publications. In 1886 several of her short stories, which depicted the harsh employment and day to day living conditions of the working class, were also published as a collection, "Poverty Grass". At the start of the 20th Century she concentrated her efforts on preserving the history of the abolitionist movement, and as a result many writings and other items which might have been lost were saved. She also published several books, including: "Published Interludes and Other Verses (1913); "American Chivalry" (1913); a biography of her mother, "Elizabeth Buffum Chace: Her Life and Its Environment" (1914); "Gertrude of Denmark, An Interpretive Romance" (1924); and "A Grand Army Man of Rhode Island" (1925). She was an early member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after its 1909 founding, and in the late 1920s published in the children's version of W.E.B. DuBois's magazine "The Crisis" several short stories which positively depicted race relations.

Bio by: Bill McKern




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