Angelina Grimke Biography

Topics: Slavery in the United States, Slavery, Sibling Pages: 3 (689 words) Published: December 6, 2013

Angelina Grimke
Born February 20, 1805, Angelina was youngest of 14 siblings, and daughter to a slaveholding judge whom fathered both white and African American children in Charleston, South Carolina. At an early age Angelina and her sister Sarah both developed a dislike for slavery because they felt that it was unrighteous of their father to have taken advantage of his working slaves . At the age of 12 Sarah broke the law by teaching an enslaved child how to read or write. After moving to Philadelphia in 1819, both sisters joined the Society of Friends, a Quaker foundation formed by George Fox around 1660. Angelina was engaged for a while but her fiancé died in an epidemic. Sister Sarah was also offered marriage but declined it due to her thinking she might lose the freedom she so much valued. In 1835, Angelina held a letter against slavery from William Lloyd Garrison, The Liberator, published in his newspaper. She then went on to write a pamphlet titled, An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South, in 1836. A main point in her pamphlet was that slavery was destroying the marriages of the white folks, encouraging white slaveholders to father illegal children with African American slave women. Her sister Sarah followed in her footsteps and published the pamphlet, An Epistle to the clergy of the Southern States. Both pamphlets were publicly burned by officials from South Carolina, and the city prohibited the sisters to come back to their cities and if they did they would be arrested. In 1837, Angelina published, An Appeal to the women of the Nominally Free States, then went on a tour of Northern churches to campaign against slavery and encouraging women’s rights with sister...

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