An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans

An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans

Lydia Maria Francis Child

New York: John S. Taylor, 1836

[Abolitionist Literature] 2nd edition. New York: John S. Taylor, 1836. Octavo, 18.5 x 11 cm.  Bound in publisher's worn purple cloth.  Worn exterior spine hinge.  Binding sound.  216 pp. Illustrated with 2 plates (showing slave restraints, slaves on a ship, and slaves at work).  Scattered foxing/staining, heavy at end pages.

Lydia Maria Child was an important abolitionist, Indian, and woman's rights advocate.  She was a Unitarian who was influenced by the work of William Lloyd Garrison.  She became a crusading force in her own right, demanding the immediate emancipation of African Americans, without compensation for slave owners.   Child fundamentally believed in the intellectual equality of White and African Americans.  This led her to advocate what was at the time a radical position.  The first edition of this book, printed in 1833, is considered to be the first abolitionist book written by a white woman.  She was on the board of the  American Anti-Slavery Society and actively aided runaway slaves as a part of the underground railroad.  Child's book had personal economic and social consequences.  Before championing the abolitionist cause, she had been a successful writer, publishing a household guide and novels.  After this book her publisher, Athen'um, informed her that her work would no longer be welcome.  Child's championed the cause of equality throughout her life.  She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2007.   Child is most famous for her Thanksgiving poem, "Over the River and Through the Woods."  Sabin 12711.

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