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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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Nan Sprester
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
The Invention of Wings introduced me to the Grimke sisters. Finding myself interested in not only their lives but also in the lives of their nephews who were born into slavery but went on to become leaders in their communities, I read this book to find out more about them but I learned so much more. From the abolitionist movement to the plight of the emancipated slaves to the forming of the NAACP, Mark Perry has written a compelling book about not just the Grimke sisters but about 150 years in t ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2014
Interesting - especially when paired with The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
Barbara Lovejoy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned so much from this book! I highly recommend it!
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-stuff
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
Julie Biles
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I first met the slave-holding Grimke family last summer when I read "The Invention of Wings." Fascinated by the abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina, I went on "The Grimke Sisters Tour" in Charleston, SC. This only whet my appetite to learn more about this fascinating family. Here enters Mark Perry's "Lift up Thy Voice" and the biographical narrative of Archibald and Francis Grimke, the sister's black nephews.
Though this read took me months to complete because it read somewhat like a textbo
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
David Longo
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mark Perry has written a very solid book about Sarah and Angelina Grimke, abolitionists both, as well as of their nephews, early era black rights activists cut much in the same mold as W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. In fact, they were right in the middle of the angst between these differing negro activist camps at the turn of the 19th century. It's a remarkable family---and tale---really. Still, I found myself more interested in the up righteous sisters than in their "surprise" nephews ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, american
I read this after having finished Sue Monk Kidd's "The Invention of Wings". I appreciated the Grimke sisters far more from this history. That young two women would leave their family in Charleston and go north because of their conviction of the evils of slavery is amazing. And rare. This history also includes the impact of their black nephews in the rights movement following emancipation. Perry is not as engaging a writer as say, David McCullough, but still plenty readable for someone interested ...more
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.....
Kijani Mlima
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amazing family of activists. from the Grimke sister Sarah and Angelina, former slaveholder from the "landed gentry" of South Carolina. To their mixed race nephews, enslaved by their white father's son. They escaped from their half-brother and owner, to the north, and also became renown one as an activist and the other as a minister..
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.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Melinda Todaro
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Joan Porte
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent history of a southern family dedicated to freedom of slaves. Unfortunately, they have been relegated to footnotes of American history but their influence was profound.
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Janine Wilson
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book "The Invention of Wings", by Sue Monk Kidd, told the story of early abolitionists and feminists Angelina and Sarah Grimke in a fictionalized format. One of the sources used by Kidd was this book, which is especially fascinating after having read the fictional version. But this book goes beyond the lives of the two sisters, and tells of their discovery that their brother Henry had fathered three children with Nancy Weston, a slave. Henry died while his children with Nancy were very young ...more
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