Author and abolitionist Eliza Cabot Follen employed empathy to communicate moral messages to youth and adults. She
encouraged Lexington women to become activists, telling Julia Robbins: “abolition is women’s work.” Her literary works ranged from her whimsical version of “The Three Little Kittens” to her urgent essay “To Mothers in the Free States.” Eliza represents the power of women’s voice and the power of the pen.
August 15, 1787
January 26, 1860
Charles Follen (m. 1828; died 1840)
Charles Christopher Follen
Connection to Lexington:
She was well-educated
Link to page in Notable American Women:
Inclusion in the Lexington
Historical Society Exhibit?
She was a voluminous writer. Her poems were first published at Boston (Crosby & Co.). She was an American writer, editor, and abolitionist.