Women in Abolitionism and Womens Rights Essay

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A. Plan Of Investigation
The purpose of this investigation is to establish ways in which black women and white women’s involvement in the abolitionist movement influenced the women's movement. The evidence will investigate and identify which events ultimately influenced the women's movement and why the were so influential. Primary and secondary documents will be used and analyzed with respect to their origin, purpose, value and l potential limitations; which will aid in the evaluation of collected evidence. Documents will include books and websites that contain t chronological accounts of important events. Analyzing and summarizing the documents and/or evidence will essentially aid in the formulation of a concluding statement which
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We say these things not to discourage proper influence against sin, but to secure such reformation as we believe is Scriptural” (Beecher), which essentially unveiled resentment that male protection of females should be found unnecessary (Beecher).
Despite essentially fighting for the same cause, male abolitionists opposed a public role for female abolitionists, in that some held antifeminist views. This “women’s issue” complicated quarrels among abolitionists regarding tactics in the religious and political spheres; which inevitably led to a division between the dissention.
b.1. Sarah and Angelina Grimke
Of the many influential female abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimke were two white reform sisters who were active and outspoken-often targeted by men for speaking up and out against abolition and women's’ suffrage. (Berkin) The Grimke’s worked together, amongst other women, to abolish slavery and defend women’s rights; the first women to speak at a Massachusetts lecture to an audience of men and women ( i.e 1837). Angelina wrote an appeal to the Christian Women of the South imploring which southern women to embrace the antislavery cause, which stated “I know you do not make the laws, but I also know that you are the wives and mothers, the sisters and daughters of those who do; and if you really suppose you can do nothing to overthrow slavery, you are greatly mistaken”; this statement gave birth to many angry

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