Best known today for the poem “Over the River and through the Wood,” Lydia Maria Child first became famous for peppy household self-help books and charming children’s stories. But in 1833, at age 31, Child shocked her readers by publishing the first book-length history of slavery in the United States — a book so radical in its absolute commitment to abolition that friends abandoned her and patrons ostracized her. But Child’s energetic and unwavering commitment to justice soon drew numbers of converts to the abolitionist cause, transforming her into one of the foremost authors and activists of her generation.

Join us on Friday, October 6, as Dr Lydia Moland of Colby College talks about her fascinating, detailed  biography of this remarkable woman, and of the challenges her life poses for us today.  Dr Moland’s presentation will be held at noon over Zoom; the address is: