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The Public years of Sarah and Angelina Grimké : selected writings, 1835-1839
Grimké, Angelina Emily, 1805-1879. Works. Selections. 1989.
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1989]

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xviii, 380 pages ; 24 cm
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E449.G865 P83 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Sarah Moore Grimke and Angelina Emily Grimke were the first women in America coming from a southern slave-holding family to speak publicly on behalf of the abolition of slavery. Creating a stir of controversy soon afterwards during the 1830s especially with the force of their testimony before the Massachusetts State Legislature, they soon found themselves defending publicly and at length the right of women to speak on moral and political issues and on the end of the subordination of women. The editor of this collection of eloquent political writings, Larry Ceplair, has written a critical introduction situating the Grimkes' in an historical and political context in which he describes the significance of their thought and work. Of special interest is the inclusion of writings documenting the Grimke sisters activities that preceded by 11 years the first woman's rights convention in America, held at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. Most of the Grimke sisters writings are out of print today. Mr. Ceplair's efforts will be greatly appreciated by those interested in the history of feminist theory, antebellum history.

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As interest in the pre-Civil War abolitionist and women's rights movements has increased, the Grimke sisters of South Carolina, who pioneered in both movements, have attracted more attention. Many of the sisters' letters, speeches, and essays collected in this volume have also appeared elsewhere in the past two decades (e.g., Sarah Grimke: Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays, ed. by E.A. Bartlett, CH, Sep'88). The main virtue of Ceplair's collection is convenience, gathering in one volume nearly all the documents (published and unpublished) written by the two sisters during the years of their public involvement in reform in the 1830s. Most published works are complete; letters have been edited to remove "chatty material." Ceplair (Santa Monica College) has annotated references to persons and events and has provided a chronology of the women's lives, a general introduction to reform, brief discussions of the contexts of documents, and a critical bibliography. The collection is particularly suitable as an introduction to the sisters and their causes. Recommended for public, college, and university libraries. -P. F. Field, Ohio University