On Slavery and Abolitionism

On Slavery and Abolitionism

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The daughters of a wealthy and respected Charlestown judge, Sarah and Angelina Grimke grew up with a life of ease, facilitated by the convenience of slavery. Yet their close proximity to inhumane cruelty bred their revulsion towards the practice of slavery, and both sisters rejected their upbringing, moved to Philadelphia and embraced Quakerism. Led by Angelina's gifted oration, they toured the country as the American Anti-Slavery Society's first female agents. They passionately demonstrated the ability of women to make valuable contributions to political and social change, setting a precedent that would reverberate through the 20th century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0143107518
  • 9780143107514
  • 674,473

About Sarah Grimke

Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and her sister Angelina (1805-1879) were born into Southern aristocracy but, witnessing the cruelty of slavery, chose a life of action against it. In 1838, Angelina made history as the first woman to speak before an American legislative body. Mark Perry has written nine books American history, military history, and foreign affairs, including Lift Up Thy Voice: Sarah and Angelina Grimke's Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders.
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Table of contents

An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States (1836)

Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Women (1837)

“Slavery and the Boston Riot”(1835)

An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836)

An Appeal to the Women of the Nominally Free States (1837)

Letters to Catharine M. Beecher, in Reply to an Essay on Slavery and Abolitionism, Addressed to A.E. Grimké (1838)

Address to the Massachusetts Legislature, February 21, 1838
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