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Boldly signed "By Mrs. Child," in the format not of a borrowed reprint, but of a voluntary contribution, it represented yet another step toward Child's public identification with Garrison and the antislavery movement. It is surely no coincidence that Child took this step in January 1832, for during that very month David played a prominent part in the founding of the New England Anti-Slavery Society. "25 These comrades in struggle included the gentle Unitarian clergyman Samuel J. May, to whom Child would dedicate her Appeal "as a mark of gratitude, for his earnest and disinterested efforts in an unpopular but most righteous cause"; May's cousin, the lawyer Samuel E.

Because of the constitutional clause allowing the slaveholding states to count three-fifths of their slave population in determining their allotment of congressional seats, the South has acquired "entire control of the national policy" and has used that control "to protect and extend slave power" (103104). The accession of new slave states has already secured "a renewed and apparently interminable lease to the duration of slavery," and the insatiable thirst for more slave territory portends future wars of conquest, warns Child, referring to the looming annexation of Texas (114).

That extract, with its bold call for ending all forms of racial discrimination, from employment bans and segregated schools to antimiscegenation laws, introduced me to Lydia Maria Child. Soon afterward, the Appeal became available to the public in its entirety, along with many other abolitionist works in the Arno Press and New York Times reprint series. Though most of the legal and extralegal discriminatory practices cataloged by Childstill prevalent at the start of the Civil Rights movementhave now gone the way of slavery, the Appeal remains as timely today as in the 1960s.

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