Addressing Racial Conflict in Antebellum America: Women and Native Americans in Lydia Maria Child’s and Margaret Fuller’s Literary Works
Keywords:Margaret Fuller, Lydia Maria Child, Women Reformers, Nineteenth Century, Native Americans, Expansionism
Through an analysis of two lesser-known works, Summer on the Lakes (1844) and The First Settlers of New-England: or, Conquest of the Pequods, Narragansets and Pokanokets (1829),the essay aims to investigate the ways in which two American thinkers, Margaret Fuller and Lydia Maria Child, used literature as a means of resistance against American expansionist policies and as an instrument for portraying, addressing and resolving racial conflict at U.S. borders during two crucial moments in antebellum American history.
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