Quaker Influence

    Angelina then became greatly influenced by her sister Sarah. Sarah was a Quaker and helped Angelina along in her spiritual life (Birney 51). Under Sarah’s guidance Angelina began to withdraw from the Presbyterian Church and to embrace the simple life of Quakers (South Carolina 71). She began to attend the Society of Friends meeting in her town (Birney 60). She would walk to the meetings and worship with two old men, the only Quakers in Charleston (South Carolina 73). Angelina’s commitment to her new religious beliefs ran deep. In accordance with the simple lifestyle of Quakers, Angelina cut up her novels and placed all her fine clothing in the family’s sewing scrap pile (Birney 51-51). She aligned herself more fully with the Quaker ideals while continuing to live in her mother’s house. She disregarded the fact that people questioned her sanity about becoming a Quaker. Although people ridiculed her about being a Quaker and opposing slavery she did not feel that she had to leave the South at first. In fact she felt she was being a good influence as a Quaker in the South (South Carolina 74). Finally, the pressure broke her and Angelina headed for Philadelphia to join her sister Sarah (Birney 82-93). It was the last time she saw the South, but the memories would play an important role in her later life.

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