Grimke Sisters

Grimké, Angelina Emily

Angelina Emily Grimké (grĬm´kē), 1805–79, American abolitionist and advocate of women's rights, b. Charleston, S.C. Converted to the Quaker faith by her elder sister Sarah Moore Grimké, she became an abolitionist in 1835, wrote An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South (1836) in testimony of her conversion, and with her sister began speaking around New York City. She developed into an orator of considerable power and was invited (1837) to lecture in Massachusetts. Her three appearances before the Massachusetts legislative committee on antislavery petitions early in 1838 constituted a triumph. The same year she married Theodore Dwight Weld, also an active abolitionist. Ill health after her marriage led her to abandon the lecture platform, but she continued to aid Weld in his abolitionist work and maintained a lasting, lively interest in the cause to which they had contributed so much.

See C. H. Birney, The Grimké Sisters (1885, repr. 1969); G. H. Barnes and D. L. Dumond, ed., Letters of Theodore Dwight Weld, Angelina Grimké Weld, and Sarah Grimké, 1822–1844 (2 vol., 1934); G. Lerner, The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina (1967, repr. 1971); K. D. Lumpkin, The Emancipation of Angelina Grimké (1974); M. Perry, Lift Up Thy Voice: The Grimké Family's Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders (2001).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Grimke Sisters: Selected full-text books and articles

Angelina Grimke: Rhetoric, Identity, and the Radical Imagination
Stephen Howard Browne.
Michigan State University Press, 1999
The Emancipation of Angelina Grimkae
Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1974
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Angelina Grimke Weld (1805-1879), Pioneer Advocate for Human Rights" begins on p. 206 and "Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), Author of First U.S. Woman's Rights Treatise" begins on p. 216
The Bold Brahmins: New England's War against Slavery, 1831-1863
Lawrence Lader.
E. P. Dutton, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "The Grimke Sisters - Southern Belles on a Rampage"
Rhetoric, the Polis, and the Global Village: Selected Papers from the 1998 Thirtieth Anniversary Rhetoric Society of America Conference
C. Jan Swearingen; Dave Pruett.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Reconstructing Home in Early Feminist Rhetorics: The Religious Discourses of Protestantism and Transcendentalism as Sites of Production for Sarah Grimke and Margaret Fuller" begins on p. 163
Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America
Dwight Lowell Dumond.
University of Michigan Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 22 "Angelina Grimke: Women's Rights"
Women, Religion, and Social Change
Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad; Ellison Banks Findly.
State University of New York Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Eighteen "From Shackles to Liberation: Religion, the Grimke Sisters, and Dissent"
Theodore Weld: Crusader for Freedom
Benjamin P. Thomas.
Rutgers University Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Two Sisters from South Carolina"
"The Forgetfulness of Sex": Devotion and Desire in the Courtship Letters of Angelina Grimke and Theodore Dwight Weld
Nelson, Robert K.
Journal of Social History, Vol. 37, No. 3, Spring 2004
Perfecting the Family: Antislavery Marriages in Nineteenth-Century America
Chris Dixon.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Grimke sisters begins on p. 70
Women's Suffrage in America: An Eyewitness History
Elizabeth Frost; Kathryn Cullen-Dupont.
Facts on File, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Grimke sisters begins on p. 25
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