Lydia Maria Child
The Quest for Racial Justice
Reviews and Awards
A 2004 New York Public Library Books For the Teen Age selection!
"This addition to the Oxford Portraits series introduces a woman who is little know but immensely interesting....Kenschaft's well-written text, helped by black-and-white photographs and pictures and cartoons of the period, may entice students to read on; it captures both a woman and her times." -- Booklist
"Lydia Maria Child's life and accomplishments are outlined in this dense text....[Child's} literary achievements, rocky marriage, and bots with depression are portrayed honestly....Excerpts from Child's work and black-and-white reproductions will engage those who perservere." --The Horn Book Guide
"When people think of women writers leading the struggle for equality, most think of Harriet Beecher Stowe. But they should also think of Lydia Maria Child. A popular author of domestic handbooks, she made the decision in 1883 to write a 'scathing indictment of slavery'.... Lori Kenschaft tells the life story of America's first professional woman writer to speak out for Black slaves, American Indians, women, and the poor." -- NEA Today