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The Woman Who Wrote the Winter Favorite, "Over the River and Through the Wood"

By November 20, 2012

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"A Boy's Thanksgiving Day" is often known as "Over the River and Through the Wood." This standard winter holiday song is familiar to millions. Originally published in 1844, the poem is remembered while most of the other historical contributions by the same author are forgotten. Who was this author?

A few will know that the author of these words was a woman named Lydia Maria Child. Perhaps her name is even printed with the song's lyrics. But even if the name of the writer appears with the verses, few people today know or remember who Lydia Maria Child was. Read more: Over the River and Through the Wood - Lydia Maria Child

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