Lydia Maria child experienced a rough childhood. Upon the loss of her mother, Lydia went to live with both a married sister and a brother at various times. During the stay with her brother, a Unitarian minister,Lydia bcame an inspired author by writing and publishing her first book, Hobomok, in just six weeks. The novel is known to be a literary classic which potrays early American life and gives a positive portrayal of the Native American hero. Marrying her husband David Lee Child in 1828,Lydia was introduced to the social reforms of Indian rights and Garrisonian abolitionism. Child was for the anislavery cause and was also a significant womens rights activist. However, she believed that no progress could be made for women until slavey was abolished. With this thought, Child published An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans , which argued in favor of emancipation of the slaves without repayment to slaveholders. She also helped with funding for the first anti slavery fair held in Boston in 1834. Child also contributed to the ani slavery cause by being elected to the executive board of the American Anti-Slavery Society while at the same time publishing numerous novels to address the historical, political, economic, legal, and moral issues of slavery.
Women during this time were expected to be obedient and caretakers of the household. Child, however, had a different view on this aspect. Lydia devoted her life to the anti-slavery cause, therefore she was a radical woman of the Union. As most women of the Union would probably be playing a major role in family life, Child engaged herself in the Civil War cause by bringing attention to the issues of slavery. She was outspoken and knew what she had to do to try to win women their civil rights. Child did not just support her husband beliefs, like most women would have done during this time, but instead she discovered her own beliefs and brought people’s attention to them.