“So precious a talent as intellect never was given to be wrapt in a
napkin and buried in the earth.” —Angelina Grimké, Appeal to the
Christian Women of the Southern States
Sarah Moore Grimké,
November 26, 1792–December 23, 1873
Angelina Emily Grimké,
February 20, 1805–October 26, 1879
SARAH and ANGELINA GRIMKÉ were born into good fortune. Their father, John Grimké, previously a lieutenant colonel in the Revolutionary War and speaker in the South Carolina House of Representatives, was now a plantation owner and judge in the state’s Supreme Court. The girls could look forward to a life of ease. In front of them lay a future of balls, concerts, picnics, rides, dinners, parties, and entertainments. They would spend their days in spacious rooms with high ceilings in beautifully decorated homes and stroll in well-manicured gardens. Their wardrobes would be of the finest kind, full of the latest
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Publication information: Book title: Ladies for Liberty: Women Who Made a Difference in American History. Contributors: John Blundell - Author. Publisher: Algora. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2011. Page number: 35.
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