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