Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life

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University of Chicago Press
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6.2 X 8.6 X 2.5 inches | 2.25 pounds
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About the Author
Lydia Moland is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. Her scholarship in German philosophy has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy in Berlin. Her work on Lydia Maria Child has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, in the Washington Post, in the Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio.
"Lydia Maria Child was one of the few great intellectual freedom fighters in nineteenth-century America. Moland's magisterial book takes us in and through Child's rich world and life in an exemplary manner. Don't miss this powerful text on a giant still so relevant to our bleak times."-- "Cornel West, author of 'Race Matters'"
"Moland's exuberant new biography gives us a Lydia Maria Child for the twenty-first century: a woman of fierce intelligence and astonishing ingenuity who never gave up the struggle to right the wrongs of enslavement and its legacy of race prejudice. Moland writes with a philosopher's instinct to question both herself and the evidence she uncovers, yielding an intimate portrait that is also a history of America's centuries-long reckoning with its founding principles."-- "Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Margaret Fuller: A New American Life'"
"Moland wants us to think hard about what we owe each other as citizens and human beings. In that sense she has produced a call to arms, an almanac for activists, as well as an ample, honest, and immensely readable book."-- "Wall Street Journal"
"This is a biography on a mission. As Moland shows us, to discover Child is to discover ourselves, revealing the best and worst of who we are. Moland is at her best when eviscerating the flawed arguments of Child's opponents, arguments that, she reminds us, are ubiquitous even today. This is a brilliantly written book: stylish, witty, barbed yet sympathetic."-- "Laura Dassow Walls, author of 'Henry David Thoreau: A Life'"
"Moland provides a thorough, much-needed examination
of 19th-century American author and activist Lydia Maria Child. . . Moland's work provides valuable insight into this era and one of its greatest activists. Recommended."-- "Choice"
"Throughout this thoughtful, soulful work, one feels the author alternately energized by seeing her own ideological proclivities echoed in her story, validated in finding the political predicaments of her own time anticipated, and disturbed when her 19th-century subject fails to fully embody 21st-century values... Like a salvage crew, Moland has scoured an important lost life from the fathomless depths of the past."-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
"There are dozens of wonderful stories in this stew of a book. . . . Lydia Maria Child may or may not be 'truly living' in another world now, but in the pages of this book she is certainly alive, vibrant and inspiring."-- "The Nation"
"Readers will find this an affecting, emotional story."-- "Open Letters Review"
"After the 2016 presidential election. . . Moland discovered Child, a woman, she later learned, 'unwilling to accept the conventional wisdom of her time and unable to abide by its norms.' . . . Moland began to wonder, 'What could the example of her life teach me?' And 'does the world need another white hero?' Moland's Lydia Maria Child: A Radical American Life answers. . . . 'We might not need more white heroes, ' she writes, 'but I have come to believe that white Americans like me need more examples like hers.'"-- "New York Review of Books"
"Moland's biography is ambitious, but she does an exceptional job of establishing how Lydia Maria Child continues to speak to us two hundred years later."-- "The New England Quarterly"
"Moland's highly readable biography depicts Child as a woman who approached abolitionism with a religious sense of duty. She may have abandoned her churchly faith, but she never gave up her pursuit of transcendent truth. This biography ought to restore Child's name to the pantheon of American reformers."-- "Christian Century"
"[Lydia Maria Child was] a remarkable woman who needs to be remembered as one of the nineteenth century's most influential Abolitionists. . . . A work of exemplary scholarship, Moland's definitive biography of Child is extremely well written and invites both an academic and general readership."-- "Booklist"