Over the river …

Over the river and through the wood
To grandfather’s house we go

Lydia Maria Francis Child

American activist Lydia Maria Child (born February 11, 1802) may have been the first prominent abolitionist to advocate immediate emancipation without compensation to slave owners—she also wrote anti-slavery fiction. However, Child is best known for her children’s poem, Over the River and Through the Wood.

 **Remember–this is Black History Month. I remember singing this poem to music in elementary school. No mention was made about her work as an abolitionist. What a shame.

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