Grimke Sisters Work Together to Abolish Slavery and Give Women Equality

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Sarah Grimke and Angelina Grimke, more commonly known as the Grimke Sisters, were among the first women to become active public speakers in the abolitionist movement in the United States in the 1800s. Having lived in a time when women were inferior, and discouraged from getting involved in political affairs, it was not difficult for them to become noticed by speaking out to the public, and writing on their beliefs that supported the movement to abolish slavery. In turn, this also began a new movement for women's rights to establish the right to effectively voice their opinions to the public. The two sisters shared the same views on these issues, and lived and worked together for much of their lives (Whipps). The Grimke sisters were born…show more content…
Angelina Grimke was born in 1805 as the fourteenth and last child. Sarah Grimke was made the godmother of her youngest sister, creating a bond that would keep them together for many years to follow (National Park Service). In 1819, Sarah and her father traveled to Philadelphia together to seek medical treatment due to her father's illness. While there, they stayed in a Quaker boarding house. The Quakers, also known as The Society of Friends, who resided in this house and helped Sarah tend to her dying father (National Park Service). Mr. Grimke died while in Pennsylvania, leaving Sarah to live alone with the Quakers. She grew fond of these people, the way that they lived, and their views on religion. On her ship back to Charleston, she befriended a Quaker named Israel Morris, who gave her books to read and learn more about the group. When Sarah returned home, the condition of the slaves disgusted her even more than ever. She spent most of her time learning all that she could about the Quakers, and their strong opposition to slavery (Blundell). Not long after she returned home, Sarah decided to relocate back to Philadelphia and live with the Morris family. In May of 1823, Sarah Grimke became a full member of the Society of Friends (Blundell). Angelina stayed behind in Charleston for a while longer, trying to make an impact on her southern peers and speak out against

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