"For the Sake of Suffering Kansas": Lydia Maria Child, Gender, and the Politics of the 1850s

  title={"For the Sake of Suffering Kansas": Lydia Maria Child, Gender, and the Politics of the 1850s},
  author={Margaret M. R. Kellow},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={32 - 49}
In the 1840s, Lydia Maria Child occasionally asserted that politics held no interest for her. When New York Democrats accused her of trying to influence a pohtical contest in 1846, by means of a column about a fugitive slave, Child denied any knowledge of the election in question.1 Rather ingenuously she averred that "I have never known anything about [electoral politics] since I was a little girl on the lookout for election cake. I know much better who leads the orchestras than who governs the… Expand
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