Nineteenth-century political activist Lydia Maria Child is perhaps most famous for her abolitionist work, or in literary circles, for editing Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. But, Child herself was one of the most prolific American women writers of the nineteenth-century. Child wrote for and edited the National Anti-Slavery Standard and The Juvenile Miscellany and published several best-selling domestic treatises, as well as political tracts, short stories and novels. Her first novel Hobomok, published in 1824, was the beginning of a literary-political career that would span more than fifty years. Though only twenty-two years old when her first novel was published, Child attempted at the outset to challenge and engage her readers by addressing significant political issues facing the nation. Hobomok, written before Child had any formal education or active political engagement, has been read as an early feminist response to the treatment of Native Americans and middle-class white women in the "new world."