Sarah Grimke And The Abolitionist And Women 's Rights Movement

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Sarah Grimke was born in 1729 and her sister Angelina Grimke was born a few years later in 1805 in Charleston, South Carolina. Living in a wealthy southern home, the Grimke sisters had everything handed to them. The Grimke family owned slaves who waited on them hand and foot. In this lifestyle, the sisters witnessed slaves being hurt, beaten, and even beheaded, scaring the girls for life. When trying to teach the slave girls to read and write, the sisters were, inevitably, caught and punished. As soon as they were able to leave, the girls separately moved up north, a better place where slavery was uncommon. This decision formed the Grimkes’ lives forever. The Grimke sisters positively impacted history through education and their part in both the abolitionist and women 's rights movement (United States National Park Service).
From a young age, Sarah and Angela Grimke were devoted to abolishing slavery. Even with their social standing, they never put themselves above people of color, but instead saw them as equals. At age five, Sarah Grimke witnessed the beheading of a slave, something that altered her perception of slave ownership forever. She vowed never to take advantage of her family’s slaves, and later in life even tried to buy back the slaves she grew up with in hopes to free them. When the sisters grew into adulthood, they started a new life devoted to the abolitionist lifestyle. They move away from the south, because slavery was not much more than a concept in the…

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