Angelina's and Sarah's Turning Points



Angelina began to feel a dissatisfaction with Philadelphia and the her Quaker congregation there. Sarah often scolded her for ignoring her church duties and allowing the abolition movement consume her thoughts and time (Birney 136-7). Angelina attempted to not think about it so much, but she desired to help in any way possible. That opportunity came when Elizur Wright, the secretary of the AASS, asked Angelina to come to New York to talk to Christian women about slavery. Although the idea of speaking out on this subject frightened her at first, she knew she must do it. Angelina wrote to Sarah to find out her opinion. Sarah realized that she had to allow Angelina to grow up and told her to do what she felt was right (Birney 139-40). The fact that her sister was behind her again excited Angelina a great deal. Before departing for New York, though she finished the work that she had begun months earlier, Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.

Meanwhile, Sarah's life was about to change drastically. She too had grown more and more dissatisfied with the Quaker church and even dreaded going to meetings. At one point she was publicly rebuked and this served as the "last straw" (Birney 143). Sarah soon turned her back on Philadelphia and rejoined her sister. Sarah changed her opinion about the anti-slavery movement and decided that she would help Angelina in her crusade. Thus, the two set out together for New York to work side by side in the AASS (Birney 154).

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