Essay Sarah and Angelina Grimké

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Up until and during the mid -1800’s, women were stereotyped and not given the same rights that men had. Women were not allowed to vote, speak publically, stand for office and had no influence in public affairs. They received poorer education than men did and there was not one church, except for the Quakers, that allowed women to have a say in church affairs. Women also did not have any legal rights and were not permitted to own property. Overall, people believed that a woman only belonged in the home and that the only rule she may ever obtain was over her children. However, during the pre- Civil war era, woman began to stand up for what they believed in and to change the way that people viewed society (Lerner, 1971). Two of the most…show more content…
Spending time with the slaves, as well as educating them, was something that Sarah very much looked forward to and enjoyed. That was until her father became aware and completely prohibited her to have any contact with them. In 1918, at the age of twenty six, Sarah’s life encountered a major turning point. While joining her father on a trip to Philadelphia she met many well-known Quakers. While talking with the men, Sarah found that she was interested in their beliefs and views on life and what was occurring in society. This intrigued her to ask them their opinion on male and female equality. When they responded that they were in favor of equality, she left the Anglican religion, as well as her family, and moved to Philadelphia to become a Quaker. (VanBurkleo, 2000) However, as she studied and lived with them, she soon discovered how they felt about slaves and African Americans in general. At this time, her younger sister Angelina came to live with her and the two began protesting at Quaker meetings. As children, Angelina and Sarah were extremely close. From the moment Angelina was born, Sarah looked after her as her primary caregiver. Due to the close bond that they shared, Angelina looked up to Sarah and followed in many of her footsteps. She too showed great admiration and sympathy towards the salves on her plantation. Even at the young age of five, she “was so distressed at seeing a slave whipped that she begged a sea captain to help him escape
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