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The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Women's Rights and Abolition

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke explores the lives and ideas of the only southern women to become antislavery agents in the North and pioneers for women's rights. This revised and expanded edition includes two new primary documents and an additional essay by Lerner. In a rev...more
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published (first published January 13th 1967)
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This is one of my favorite history books of all time for a number of reasons. I try to keep a copy near me always. It's great biography (dual biography at that). It's by Gerda Lerner, who was one of the most influentual female historians in general and one of the most influential historians of women's history in particular. The Grimkes are some of my favorite subjects. I don't want to give away too much here. Read for yourself and discover how much more interesting truth is than fiction. It's no...more
Sue Tretter
Jan 26, 2014 Sue Tretter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All women, history buffs
Wonderful book! Well written although there were a few times when I wanted more information about a particular person, place or thing. Helpful footnotes, appendices, bibliography and a good index are welcome aides. But more often than not, Lerner introduced uncounted people active in the Abolitionist, and later the Women's Rights movement, provided just enough information about their contributions, and then moved on to provide a very comprehensive recounting of the many main movers and shakers,...more
This is the kind of meaty, prose-y, poetic, historical, *real* writing I love sinking my brain into. The kind of book that thrills you and makes you want to go get your PhD in women's studies.
Becky Loader
Sarah and Angelina Grimke were sisters in the early times of the 19th century. Groomed to be wives and mothers, they had inquiring minds and a wonderful brother who was more than willing to share his lessons with them. They were not content to remain in the home.

The sisters shared many radical ideas, including abolition of slavery and rights for women. Working within the framework of religion and how ideas were spread in the time, they had a remarkable effect on the beginning of social reform. T...more
Nov 27, 2007 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in the history of abolition and women's rights
Shelves: gender
Good book! The writing was dry and dated, but I knew very little before about these amazing women.

Yes, they were privileged Southern white hetero women, modest in dress and attractive, who were heard for these things, at least at first, rather than the content of their speeches.

But to think, that in the early 1830s, people attended anti-slavery meetings TO LAUGH because it was a woman delivering the speech! Because women had never spoken in public to a group of men before, let alone about politi...more
Kathryn Hall
What a gift Gerda Lerner has put together! This book should be required reading in history classes in both high school and colleges around the nation. Not to know this is a travesty.
Angelica Shirley Carpenter
A well-written but still academic book about two famous sisters from Charleston who became activists for abolition and women's rights in the 1840s. They left their slave-owning family in the South and made new lives for themselves in the North. As single women they could not live alone (even together) and as Quakers, they had to live where their Quaker meeting decided they should. Their self-sacrifice became a habit, taken to extreme. I read somewhere that there is a new novel coming out about S...more
very interesting non-fiction history of two sisters from the south who were deeply involved in the abolionist movement prior to the civil war. And their resulting involvmentthe woman's rights movement. Written by Gerda Lerner who was instrumental in getting women's history studies courses in colleges. Mrs. Lerner taught at University of Wisconsin and Duke.
Amazingly well written book about the Grimke sisters, their activism in both abolition and women's rights, and their personal struggles. Lerner originally intended this as a novel and it reads accordingly--I found this hard to put down.
I read this book a long time ago. I remember how it really brought home the terrors of US slavery. It was not emotionally easy to read, but I think it gave me useful information.
Wisteria Leigh
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had to read this in college. it was a long read but very informative. glad it was required otherwise I never would have picked it up
Donna Coakley
too much information, not enough story
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Gerda Lerner (April 30, 1920 – January 2, 2013) was a historian, author and teacher. She was a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a visiting scholar at Duke University.

Lerner was one of the founders of the field of women's history, and was a former president of the Organization of American Historians. She played a key role in the development of women's history...more
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