Angelina soon became frustrated with the limited anti-slavery activities of the Society of Friends in Philadelphia 😉 She wanted to take more direct action 😊 So she joined the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and took out a subscription to William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator. Sarah was concerned about Angelina’s new interest in the more radical kinds of abolitionism taking hold in the North, but she agreed with her sister that more direct action was needed. Angelina, in 1835 wrote to The Liberator explaining her beliefs. William Lloyd Garrison liked the letter so much, he decided to publish it in his newspaper. Her passion and intelligence were praised by abolitionists all across the nation, while Philadelphia’s Quaker community condemned her for going against the norms of feminine behaviourr.
By necessity and conviction, both sisters connected appeals for abolition of slavery with defenses of a woman’s right to political action, understanding that they could not be effective against slavery while they have done not have a public voice. They are most often referenced together in historical and philosophical texts because they lived and worked together most of their lives, jointly developing their arguments and reading each other’s works. Angelina is best known for her original work in opposition to slavery and her brilliant oratory style, while Sarah Grimké developed a radical theory of women’s rights that pre-dated and influenced the beginning of the women’s right movement in Seneca Falls. They connected oppression against African Americans to oppression for women.
Angelina Grimke, her sister Sarah Grimke, were both legends during their lifetimes. Together these South Carolina sisters made history: daring to speak before “promiscuous” or mixed crowds of men and women, publishing some of the most powerful anti-slavery tracts of the antebellum era, and stretching the boundaries of women’s public role as the first women to testify before a state legislature on the question of African American rights. The sisters’ crusade was to not only free the enslaved, but also to end racial disparity throughout the United States. It’s making them radicaler than some of the reformers who believed in ending slavery but couldn’t envision social and political equality for all freedmen. And the Grimke sisters were among the first abolitionists to recognize the importance of women’s rights and to speak and write about the cause of female equality.
The specialists reported the following: wwhp.org, the New England clergy were furious at the Grimké sisters’ boldness. By the end of July 1837, the clergy issued a Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Massachusetts to the Congregational Churches Under Their Care declaring that when “a woman assumes the place and tone of man as a public reformer…her character becomes unnatural.” Sarah replied with an Epistle to The Clergy for the Southern States, 1838. Angelina wrote a series of “letters,” later published as a book She called them Letters on the Equality of the Sexes. In these letters, she demanded educational reform, equal wages and an end of all forms of discrimination against women. As their lectures became more and more popular, any attempt to silence the sisters was futile. Camarie Coker, Jhansi (India) last revised this page 85 days ago