Marah And Angelina Grimké Sisters Analysis

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When examining the African American Civil Rights Movement from a historical perspective, historians and scholars have focused predominantly on the lives and influences of a few, celebrated characters. For example, early abolitionist advocates, such as Sojourner Truth, William Lloyd Garrison, and Frederick Douglass, and twentieth-century civil rights leaders Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. have received significant attention and justifiably achieved revered status among scholars and non-academics alike. However, few individuals beyond the narrow world of academia have heard of America’s first, southern, female abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimké. The Grimké sisters, who belonged to the powerful planter aristocracy in South Carolina, were arguably two of the leading female civil rights activists of the pre-Civil War era. They authored numerous pamphlets, letters, resolutions, and speeches condemning the evils of …show more content…
In “The Female Antislavery Movement: Fighting against Racial Prejudice and Promoting Women’s Rights in Antebellum America,” professor and historian Carolyn Williams addresses the Grimké sisters’ pivotal role in the 1830s abolitionist movement. Williams argues that Sarah and Angelina successfully “forged a substantial link between abolitionism and feminism” during their brief foray into the public realm of abolitionist politics. Consequently, Sarah and Angelina Grimké unabashedly addressed racism and racial prejudice against African Americans in both the southern states of America, and amongst northern abolitionist circles. Williams further reveals that the Grimké sisters’ 1837 New England lecture tour ignited a nationwide debate “about the role and status of women in the antislavery

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