Publication of Appeal to the Christian Women of the South
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Time Period
1836
Description
Angelina Grimke (1805-1879) was born into a slaveholding Episcopal family in Charleston, S.C. She and her sister, Sarah, formally denounced slavery and joined an antislavery Quaker community in the 1820s. They later moved to Philadelphia to devote themselves to abolitionism.

In 1836, Angelina Grimke published a pamphlet entitled An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South. It argued for black equality and urged southern Christian women to take a moral stance against slavery. Angelina argued that slavery was contrary to Christ’s teachings to “do unto others.” The language of the pamphlet was very personal -- a plea from one southern woman to other southern women.

After the American Anti-Slavery Society published the work, it circulated widely in the North. In the South, however, it was publicly burned. Nonetheless, it was a bold attempt to call upon the Christian values of southern women to help overthrow the slave system.
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Movements
Abolitionism
Photographs

Appeal to the Christian Women of the South, first page- Internet Archive- from The Anti-Slavery Examiner, vol 1 (1836)

Angelina Grimke portrait- Library of Congress, LC-USZ61-1609
Book/Journal Source(s)
Benowitz, June Melby, 1998. Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc..
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Web Source(s)
http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/abolitn/abesaegat.html
Read Appeal to the Christian Women of the South at the above link.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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