Lydia Maria Child (1802–1880) was an American novelist, women’s rights activist, abolitionist, journalist, and activist for Native American rights. Child is famous for her fiction and domestic manuals, which enjoyed international popularity during the mid 19th century. However, her work also drew controversy due to her tackling such issues as male dominance and white supremacy. First published in 1865, “The Freedmen’s Book” contains a collection of works written by noteworthy abolitionists and former slaves documenting the accomplishments and courage of African-American men and women. The book was originally intended for recently freed African American slaves to aid their integration into a white and hostile society. Highly recommended for those interested in African-American literature and history. Contents include: “Lydia Maria Child”, “To the Freedmen”, “Ignatius Sancho by L. Maria Child”, “Extract from the Tenth Psalm”, “Prejudice Reproved by Lydia H. Sigourney”, “Benjamin Banneker by L. Maria Child”, “Ethiopia by Frances E. W. Harper”, “The Hour of Freedom by William Lloyd Garrison”, “William Boen by L. Maria Child”, etc. Read & Co. History is proudly republishing this classic collection in a brand new edition complete with a biography from “A Woman of the Century” (1893) by Frances Elizabeth Willard and Mary Ashton Rice Livermore.