Angelina Grimke:

Quaker, Abolitionist, and Women's Rights Advocate

Created By: Emily J. Bolin

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March 22, 1999


When one imagines the South in the early and middle 1800s, slavery often comes to the mind immediately. When one ventures further into the imagination, he or she thinks of large plantations and wealthy slave owners. One perceives the South as an area where white males were well-educated leaders of the community, while women and blacks were degraded and mistreated. Thus, when one considers people who fought for the rights of women and blacks, one usually assumes that they were males from the North. Despite these stereotypes, however, two of the most prominent figures in the advocation of slaves' and women's rights were women. Angelina Grimke and her sister Sarah - both born and raised on a cotton plantation in South Carolina - surprisingly became two of slavery's strongest opponents.

Sarah and Angelina Grimkes' Childhoods

Sarah's Influence on Angelina

Angelina's Exodus from South Carolina

The Sisters Reunited

Angelina and the Abolition Movement

Sarah and Angelina Reach Turning Points

Sarah and Angelina Begin to Speak Out

The Sisters' Popularity Grows

Women's Rights are Added to the Agenda

Angelina Gets Married