Rights for Women: The Suffrage Movement and Its Leaders

Sarah Moore Grimke (1792-1873)

Sarah Moore Grimke was Angelina’s older sister. A trip to Philadelphia acquainted her with Quakers and antislavery; she left Charleston and became a Philadelphia Quaker. Together with her sister, she lectured on abolition and woman’s rights creating a sensation in the North with their first-hand details of slavery. Both sisters moved to New York to continue abolition work. Sarah wrote Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States (1836), refuting the argument that the Bible justified slavery. When lecturing to “mixed” audiences caused a furor, she wrote a powerful pamphlet, Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman (1838).

Making her home with her sister and Theodore Weld, the three moved to Massachusetts and taught school. Learning that two mulatto students at Lincoln University were actually nephews (their brother’s children), the sisters welcomed them into their home and helped finance their education at Harvard Law School and Princeton Theological Seminary. Both nephews achieved professional prominence and became spokesmen for their race.

Sarah Moore Grimke, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (LC-USZ61-1608)

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