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Fall: LMC collects evidence that helps Ellis Loring win the case of the slave child Med, establishing that a slave voluntarily brought into a free state by his or her owner automatically becomes free. 1837 May 912: Represents BFASS at first Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women (New York). 1838 The Childs move to Northampton to start producing beet sugar as an alternative to slave-grown cane sugar; they circulate antislavery petitions. 1839 May: LMC participates in New England Anti-Slavery Convention, serves on the Business Committee; opponents of women's full membership found rival Massachusetts Abolition Society.

No people, he insisted, should have to emigrate to improve their status. " Seven months later, the Childs' dialogue with Garrison had progressed to a point of almost complete accord on the most radical feature of his ideologyhis call for an end to racial discrimination. " 16 Despite its placement on the editorial page of the Massachusetts Journal, the style almost surely identified the author as Maria Child. 17 This is not to say that by August 1831 Child was ready to advocate immediate abolition, as she would in the Appeal.

Now pastor of First Church (Unitarian) of Watertown, Massachusetts; takes the name Lydia Maria. 1824 Summer: Writes her first novel, Hobomok, A Tale of Early Times, featuring an interracial marriage between a Puritan woman and an Indian. December: Publishes Evenings in New England, a children's book containing her first statement about the slavery issue; meets David Lee Child (DLC). 1826 September: Starts publication of The Juvenile Miscellany, the nation's first successful children's magazine, which she edits until 1834.

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