For 50 years Lydia Maria Child was a household name in the United States. This documentary, thanks to authors Milton Meltzer, Professor Carolyn Karcher and other Child biographers, helped recreate the life of a major 19th Century player whose career as a writer and social reformer challenged issues that shaped and changed the course of American history.
“Hardly a sphere of 19th Century life can be found in which Lydia Maria Chil did not figure prominently as a pathbreaker. Although best known today for the Thanksgiving Day poem turned song, Over the River and through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We go, and having edited Harriet A. Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, pioneered every department of 19th Century American letters — the historical novel, the short story, children’s literature, the domestic advice book, women’s history, antislavery, fiction, journalism and the literature of aging.”
Carolyn Karcher, Ph.D., Professor of American History, English and Women’s Studies