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Lydia Maria Child, nineteenth-century American woman of letters, published novels, children's books, domestic-advice books, newspaper articles and columns in the form of letters, as well as biography, controversial works against slavery, a remarkable history of world religions, and an equally ground-breaking anthology and compendium for freed slaves designed to inculcate black pride. She also worked as editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard and other papers, and edited the fictionalised autobiography of Harriet Jacobs.
11 February 1802 Lydia Maria Francis (later LMC) was born in Medford, Massachusetts, USA (a shipbuilding village), the youngest of six children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1824 Hobomok, a historical novel about race relations and the first book by Lydia Maria Francis (later LMC), was published as 'By an American'. Bibliographic Citation link.
August 1833 LMC's An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans appeared, aiming to be "the first scholarly American overview of the history of slavery and the condition of the Negro." Bibliographic Citation link.
By September 1867 LMC's A Romance of the Republic, published this year at Boston, was issued at London under the title Rosa and Flora. A Romance. The Athenæum reviewed the original and the piracy together. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 October 1880 LMC died at her home at Wayland from a sudden heart attack; she had been "feeling remarkably well" that same morning. Bibliographic Citation link.
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