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Angelina Grimké : voice of abolition
Todras, Ellen H., 1947-
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Publication Information:
North Haven, Conn. : Linnet, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.3 8.0 35180.
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Central Library E449.G865 T63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The American antislavery movement was electrified in the mid-1830s when as extraordinary proponent -- a tall, slender woman with blazing blue eyes appeared like a comet from the South. That a lady would make her mind known in public on a social issue at all was remarkable: Women were supposed to be seen and not heard. But for the daughter of slave owners to speak out against slavery -- that was truly astonishing. Based on her diaries, letters, and other primary sources, this biography follows an intense and sometimes difficult woman from childhood to her career as a reformer, her passionate courtship and marriage with abolitionist. Theodore Weld, her later life of service to the cause in spite of chronic ill health.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. Born into a prominent Charleston family in 1805, Angelina Grimke was led by her religious beliefs to oppose slavery and to leave the South in order to work in New England for the abolition of slavery and for women's rights. She overcame her natural reticence and the conventions of the time to speak in public for the causes she believed in. Thoroughly researched, the book contains many quotations, giving readers a taste of Grimke's words and a sense of the times. Illustrated with reproductions of paintings, engravings, documents, and photographs, this handsome book ends with an appendix, including texts and excerpts from Grimke's speeches and letters as well as a time line and bibliography. Certainly of regional interest, this book will also prove useful to those researching the abolitionist movement. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Born in 1805 into a wealthy family of South Carolina slave owners, Grimk‚ witnessed firsthand the horrors of slavery. She eventually fled north with her sister, Sarah, where they joined the Quaker religion and gradually moved into abolition work. She was a forceful figure, speaking out against slavery at a time when women seldom spoke in public on any topic at all. Throughout her life, she also espoused the idea of women's rights, a rarity in the early-to-mid 1800s. Todras's well-researched text is detailed but accessible. Numerous quotes from the letters and speeches of Grimk‚ and her contemporaries appear throughout. However, because of the subject matter, it will help if readers have at least a basic knowledge of the Civil War and the factors that fed into it. There are a few black-and-white drawings and photos of the subject and her family, as well as depictions of other abolitionists. A solid introduction to a strong and remarkable figure in history.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ackowledgmentsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
1 Braving the Mobp. 1
2 Two Kinds of Educationp. 8
3 Angelina's Awakeningp. 22
4 "Be Still"p. 35
5 A Cause Worth Dying Forp. 44
6 Abolition Womenp. 57
7 Angelina or Devilina?p. 73
8 Love ...p. 90
9 ... And Marriagep. 106
10 And the War Camep. 121
11 Confronting the Pastp. 137
Angelina Grimke Weld's Speech, Pennsylvania Hall, May 16, 1838p. 151
Letter from Ex-Slave Hester Snowden, May 6, 1831p. 157
Letter from Angelina Grimke to William Lloyd Garrison, August 30, 1835p. 159
Angelina Grimke's Speech Before the Legislative Committee of the Massachusetts State Legislature, February 21, 1838p. 162
Time Line of Angelina Grimke's Life in American Historyp. 165
Selected Bibliographyp. 169
Indexp. 173

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