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Lift Up Thy Voice: The Sarah and Angelina Grimké Family’s Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders

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In the late 1820s Sarah and Angelina Grimké traded their elite position as daughters of a prominent white slaveholding family in Charleston, South Carolina, for a life dedicated to abolitionism and advocacy of women's rights in the North. After the Civil War, discovering that their late brother had had children with one of his slaves, the Grimké sisters helped to educate t ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Penguin Books (first published October 29th 2001)
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Sarah and Angelina Grimke led remarkable lives, and it is a shame they have been so much obscured by history. Whereas names such as Henry Ward Beecher and William Lloyd Garrison are (deservedly) well-known in the abolitionist movement, Sarah and Angelina's roles seem to have been forgotten. Because they were women? Perhaps. But this book more than does justice to their legacy.

They were born into a wealthy, slave-holding family in Charleston, raised from childhood to be waited on hand and foot, a
Interesting - especially when paired with The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
If belief in God required a belief in slavery, as slavery’s advocates implied, then the whippings and beatings that she saw from time to time were not simply something that Christians could tolerate; they were the will of God. Sarah, ever precocious, continued her daily devotions, spent hours each Sunday morning at Saint Philip’s, taught Sunday school to black slave children each Sunday afternoon, and returned home to wonder how she could possibly balance the central tenet of her religi
I learned more about the 1800s in America, the lives of women at that time, the abolitionist movement and the people who were part of that, how political change occurred during that time, and more, than I ever thought I might ever know. While some might find parts of this dry, I found the book fascinating; I like history. Here's what the back cover says about the book: In the late 1820s, Sarah and Angelina Grimke traded their elite position as daughters of a prominent white slaveholding family i ...more
This book has an engaging premise - it traces the abolitionist and suffrage activism of the Grimke sisters (Angelina and Sarah) through the activist and anti-racist work of their nephews (Archibald and Francis). The timeline goes from early 19th century into the 20th century and the story is amazing, especially for those of us who have minimal sense of the activists and abolitionists and suffrage fighters who preceded and deeply influenced people like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Elizabeth Cady Sta ...more
Frustrating at times and utterly mesmerizing at others, but I found myself speeding through it waiting for discussions of the activism of two generations of Grimkés. When those sections came, they were vivid and inspiring, literally breathtaking at times. My frustration is simply that they made up too small a percentage of the book (really only two short sections), and that too much time was spend on peripheral issues and relationships. It was fascinating to read about Sarah Grimké's almost acci ...more
This book begins during the age of slavery, and chronicles the lives of abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke. After the emancipation of slaves, the focus is on equal rights. At this time, the focus is on the Grimke brothers, Archibald and Francis. These two men are sons of an interracial arrangement between Henry Grimke and his mistress slave, Nancy Weston.
This is a fascinating book. I'm so glad it covered the next generation of activist Grimkés. The story of the Grimke sisters was amazing but the continuation of the family saga to include Archobald and Francis Grimké really gave this book more power and relevance. I had not been was aware as I needed to be about the schism in the Black community over Booker T. Washington.....
Becky Loader
Sarah and Angelina Grimke were very forward women for their time. Raised in a slaveholding family, they were intelligent and firm in their beliefs. Their relentless pursuit of finding an organized religion that fit their needs was staggering. When their minds turned to abolition, the same type of drive took over. Pretty amazing reading.
Interesting enough for my biography project. They had a busy life so it wasn't completely boring. I liked how their family tree spread all throughout the abolitionist movement. Even though it focused on the 2 sisters, they're entire family was intertwined throughout the book
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