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The first woman in the republic : a cultural biography of Lydia Maria Child

Author: Carolyn L Karcher
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 1994.
Series: New Americanists.
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"Taking its title from the accolade William Lloyd Garrison bestowed on Child - "she is the first woman in the republic"--This innovative cultural biography recreates the world as well as the life of a major nineteenth-century figure whose career encompassed issues central to American history. Carolyn L. Karcher captures the throes of a tumultuous era that saw the mass transfer of many Native tribes, ferocious mob  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Karcher, Carolyn L., 1945-
First woman in the republic.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)674175033
Named Person: Lydia Maria Child; L Maria Child; Lydia Maria Child; Lydia Maria Child; Lydia Maria Francis Child; Lydia Maria Francis Child
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn L Karcher
ISBN: 0822314851 9780822314851 0822321637 9780822321637
OCLC Number: 30026392
Description: xxv, 804 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Chronology --
Prologue: A passion for books --
The author of Hobomok --
Rebels and "Rivals": self portraits of a conflicted young artist --
The Juvenile Miscellany: the creation of an American children's literature --
A marriage of true minds: espousing the Indian cause --
Blighted prospects: Indian fiction and domestic reality --
The Frugal Housewife: financial worries and domestic advice --
Children's literature and antislavery: conservative medium, radical message --
"The First Woman in the Republic": an antislavery baptism --
An antislavery marriage: careers at cross purposes --
The Condition of Women: double binds, unresolved conflicts --
Schisms, personal and political --
The National Anti-Slavery Standard: family newspaper of factional organ? --
Letters From New York: the invention of a new literary genre --
Sexuality and marriage in Fact and Fiction --
The Progress of Religious Ideas: a "pilgrimage of penance" --
Autumnal Leaves: reconsecrated partnerships, personal and political --
The example of John Brown --
Child's Civil War --
Visions of a reconstructed America: The Freedmen's Book and A Romance of the Republic --
A radical old age --
Aspirations of the World --
Afterword.
Series Title: New Americanists.
Responsibility: by Carolyn L. Karcher.

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Published in 1994, this is a paperback edition edition of a study of the life and writings of literary pioneer, Lydia Maria Child. Her writing made and impact on American life as she addressed the  Read more...

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"The definitive biography of a major figure in American literary and political history.--Richard Slotkin, author of "Gunfighter Nation"

 
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