Meet Lydia Hamilton Smith, the Most Famous Lancastrian You May Not Know

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People have been labeling and defining and attacking Lydia Hamilton Smith (a mixed-race woman) since she arrived in Lancaster, in 1844, to serve as Radical Republican and abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens’s housekeeper. Racists and white supremacists have criticized her, historians and biographers of Thaddeus Stevens mostly think she was just a pretty, little housekeeper. But those who really know her consider her one of the most inspiring and accomplished American women of the nineteenth century.

Dr. Mark Kelley has just written the first biography of Lydia Hamilton Smith — An Uncommon Woman: The Life of Lydia Hamilton Smith. He'll join us at the Lancaster Public Library to talk about his book and the real Lydia Hamilton Smith.

Ages 16+