Harriet Beecher Stowe 's Uncle Tom 's Cabin Essay

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Despite retiring from public life, the Grimké sisters continued to promote religious, educational, economic, and political equality for African Americans and women. However, the nature and intensity of their participation in the antislavery and women’s rights movements had dramatically changed after 1838. Consequently, neither Angelina, who was in ill health, nor Sarah occupied roles of active leadership within the movements. In May of 1838, Angelina married Theodore Weld, a radical abolitionist who was an ardent admirer of the Grimké sisters’ antislavery work. Together, the Welds, with Sarah Grimké’s assistance, penned a powerful antislavery pamphlet in which they exposed the devastating horrors and barbarities of the American slavery system. American Slavery as It Is “sold more copies than any antislavery pamphlet ever written” and was considered the most compelling piece of antislavery literature until the advent of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The writings, public speeches, and private musings of Sarah and Angelina Grimké further illustrate their revolutionary thoughts and beliefs concerning slavery, racism, and racial discrimination. The sisters fundamentally held to the principle that all African Americans, as moral human beings, were entitled to equal civil liberties. Thus, they adamantly avowed that social, civil, and political equality for African Americans were indisputable rights, not privileges. In her Letters to Catherine Beecher, Angelina…

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