The 1800s were a time of reform, when courageous people stepped out from their traditional places in society to defend themselves and those who were considered weaker. One such courageous person was Angelina Grimké. She was a Southern aristocrat who denounced slavery and championed women’s rights. She may well be considered the first woman in many fields that traditionally were dominated by males, such as public speaking. Angelina’s impact on American History was that she was one of the first feminists and an influential abolitionist, and the only woman of her time to speak against publicly slavery. This can be shown through her personality as a child, her rebellion against religion, and the actions she took for the abolition and feminist movement.

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