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

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The only Southern white women ever to become leading abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimke encountered many obstacles in pursuing their antislavery work. Their greatest accomplishment was in challenging the ubiquitous prejudices of society against women and African Americans. They were the first US-born white women to take to the public platform and the first to assert ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published February 19th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 13th 1967)
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Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable read -- the research Gerda Lerner put forth over many years (decades) to preserve the Grimke sisters'place in history (and the prominence they well deserve) is, in itself, inspiring; however, the impact these two sisters had on both the abolitionist and women's rights movements is truly incredible. That I'd never heard of them until I happened to read Sue Monk Kidd's "The Invention of Wings" (which I thought was a mediocre attempt at historical fiction) is disheartening. Ler ...more
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After my book club read "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, I was curious to learn more about the Grimke sisters. This book did the job. It was well researched and written and gave me a real appreciation for the struggles of these two pioneers of both the abolition movement and the women's suffrage movement.
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Grimke' Sisters from South Carolina: Pioneers for Woman's Rights and Abolition (Paperback)
by Gerda Lerner

Sue Tretter
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Having just read The Invention of Wings I simply had to read a real biography of these two sisters to see how the two books compare. They're pretty darn close, except for the fictionalized Netty Handful Grimké. Wings ends at about the time of their mother's death. The biography continues for another 40 years. They were a remarkable pair and their lives crossed with many noted Americans of the time—Horace Greely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, John Quincy Adams, Henry David Thoreau, ...more
Becky Loader
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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