Exhibition (Library of Congress)."
This web site contains an exhibit of
rare historical documents that relate to the abolitionist movement of
the 1800's. The image of the Anti-Slavery Almanac for 1843, which
Mrs. Child compiled is displayed here. Anyone interested in the
American abolitionist movement would enjoy visiting this site.
Bronson, Walter Cochran. "Lydia Maria
Francis Child." The Dictionary of
American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964.
This useful reference source provides
biographical sketches on deceased Americans who made important contributions
to American society. It can be found in most public libraries.
Clifford, Deborah Pickman. Crusader for
Freedom: A Life of Lydia Maria
Child. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
For more than a decade, Clifford studied
the life of Lydia Maria Child. This fine biography is chock-full
of information that has been extensively researched by Clifford.
This book is currently out of print. However, it may be found
in larger public or collegiate libraries.
"Correspondence between Lydia Maria
Child and Gov. Wise and Mrs. Mason
The interesting exchange between Mrs.
Child and the two Virginians regarding the Harpers Ferry raid by John
Brown in 1860 is found on this Library of Congress web site. It
also includes the correspondence between John Brown and Mrs. Child.
I highly recommend this site, especially for anyone interested in American
"Early American Fiction: Lydia Maria [Francis]
The focus of this site is on Mrs. Child's
contribution to American literature. It does provide several nineteenth-century
biographical sketches about Child's life. A few excerpts from her writings
"Harriet Jacobs Home Page" http://www.gc.cc.va.us/~gcadamj/hjhome.htm
This wonderful site contains the entire
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl as written by Harriet Jacobs and
provides information about the life and times of Harriet Jacobs. The
original introduction by Lydia Maria Child is included along with an
informative introduction by the web-site author. Other useful tools
include a detailed glossary, an interesting timeline and images that
relate to Harriet Jacobs and slave life during that time period. A very
detailed resource list provides the readers with more reference sources
so as to further their study. I highly recommend this site.
"History of Medford." http://www.medford.org/history.htm
This web site describes Medford, Massachusetts,
where Lydia Maria Child spent her early years, and it offers a few details
about Child's life.
Jacobs, Harriet A. Incidents in
the Life of a Slave Girl. Cambridge: Harvard
University Press, 1987.
Considered by many scholars to be one
of the most insightful slave narratives of the nineteenth century, this
book is a must read for anyone who would like to know more about the
life of a slave woman in the Antebellum period. Mrs. Child not
only edited but also marketed this book in 1861. In this edition,
Jean Yellin provides a detailed introduction for the reader and includes
correspondence of Harriet Jacobs and Lydia Maria Child. I found
her research notes invaluable. Yellin has done extensive research on
Jacobs and offers interesting details that I did not find elsewhere.
I highly recommend this edition.
Karcher, Carolyn L.,ed. A Lydia Maria
Child Reader. Durham: Duke
University Press, 1997.
I thoroughly enjoyed this fine book.
Karcher has spent over fifteen years researching the life and times
of Lydia Maria Child. Since the material is organized into six
major topics, it provides a very comprehensive view of Child's
multifaceted life. Topics range from children's literature, religion
and feminism to slavery and Indian's rights. If I had to purchase
one book on Child, it would be this one, for it includes the original
writings of Child and a detailed commentary by Karcher on their relevance
to the culture and life of nineteenth century America.
"Lydia Maria Francis Child Papers"
The William L. Clements Library of the
University of Michigan provides information on their collection of writings
by Lydia Maria Child. Also included is useful information regarding
Child's life and a detailed subject index on the Lydia Maria Child Papers.
Masur, Louis P., ed. "The real war
will never get in the books": Selections
from writer during the Civil War. New York: Oxford University
Louis Masur has compiled the writings
of fourteen important writers of the Civil War period. He includes Lydia
Maria Child's letters in this collection. These letters reveal Child's
thoughts and concerns during the war and highlight her commitment to
the abolitionist movement. Masur has written a brief yet very informative
summary of Child's involvement with the anti-slavery crusade and her
concerns regarding the welfare of the freedmen.
Meltzer, Milton. Tongue of Flame:
The Life of Lydia Maria Child. New
York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1965.
This biography is geared toward teens
and young adults. However, even adults will enjoy the interesting
details about Lydia Maria Child. Meltzer concentrates on Child's
literary skills and how she made a tremendous difference in the abolitionist
movement. Meltzer's portrayal of Child's courage and determination
is inspiring. This book reads easily and is a satisfactory introduction
to Child's life. This book may be hard to find. Although
the last publishing date was in 1991, it is currently out of print.
Meltzer, Milton and Patricia G. Holland.
Lydia Maria Child: Selected
Letters,1817-1880. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts
The editors have arranged Child's letters
chronologically and provide a useful commentary with each chapter.
Overall, it assists the reader in sorting out the chronological details
of Child's extensive works. Both editors have studied Child's
life and selected the letters so as to reveal her character and the
culture of American nineteenth century life.
Mills, Bruce. Cultural Reformations:
Lydia Maria Child and the Literature
of Reform. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1994.
Mills focuses on Lydia Maria Child,
the writer and reformer. He provides a scholarly account of Child's
influential role in reform literature of the nineteenth century.
I found his detailed notes in the appendix useful and informative.
Osborne, William S. Lydia Maria
Child. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1980.
As an English professor with a specific
interest in nineteenth century American literature, Osborne provides
a detailed chronology of Child's life and focuses on her contribution
to American literature. There is an appendix and a detailed record
of notes and references that are very useful. Although this book
is out of print, it may be found in a collegiate library.
Whittier, John Greenleaf, ed. Letters
of Lydia Maria Child. Boston:
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1882.
This book was out of print for some
time. However, the Greenwood Publishing Group republished it in 1983.
Libraries with extensive collections often have a copy of the original
edition. I found the introduction by Whittier, a friend of Mrs.
Child quite moving and inspiring. This appendix includes the eulogy
given by Wendell Phillips after Child's death in 1880. Both men
were fellow abolitionists and recognized Child's vital role in the abolitionist
movement. Whittier selected some of Child's most interesting letters.
It is well worth the search.