Forthcoming November 2022

Lydia Maria Child:

A Radical American Life

The lively, relevant story of one of America’s most courageous abolitionists

“This is a biography on a mission. As Moland shows us, to discover Child is to discover ourselves, revealing the best and worst of who we are. . . . This is a brilliantly written book: stylish, witty, barbed yet sympathetic.”

— Laura Dassow Walls,
author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life

“Moland’s exuberant new biography gives us a Lydia Maria Child for the twenty-first century: a woman of fierce intelligence and astonishing ingenuity who never gave up the struggle to right the wrongs of enslavement and its legacy of race prejudice. Moland writes with a philosopher’s instinct to question both herself and the evidence she uncovers, yielding an intimate portrait that is also a history of America’s centuries-long reckoning with its founding principles.”

—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life 

“Lydia Maria Child was one of the few great intellectual freedom fighters in nineteenth-century America. Moland’s magisterial book takes us in and through Child’s rich world and life in an exemplary manner. Don’t miss this powerful text on a giant still so relevant to our bleak times.”

—Cornel West, author of Race Matters