The only Southern white women ever to become leading abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimké encountered many obstacles and leapt many hurdles in pursuing their anti-slavery work. Their greatest accomplishment was overcoming the ubiquitous prejudices of society in regard to women. Indeed, they were the first women to take to the public platform and the first to assert women's rights. In The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina, Gerda Lerner, herself a leading historian and pioneer in women's studies, tells the compelling history of these determined sisters and the inroads they made for women and blacks alike. From their wealthy upbringing in Charleston, South Carolina, the societal restraints that kept them from higher education, and their utter contempt of slavery, to their conversion to the Quaker religion, and monumental achievements at the podium and with the pen, Lerner illuminates the lasting contributions of the Grimké sisters, as well as the important role played by women in the anti-slavery movement.
Gerda Lerner, Robinson-Edwards Professor of History, Emerita, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the author of numerous books, including Why History Matters and The Creation of Feminist Consciousness.
"[A]dmirably researched and flawlessly told....Mrs. Lerner has written a book she can be proud of."--Washington Star
"Gerda Lerners book shows the unusual combination of warmth and historical scholarship that we all look for and don't often find."--Robert Coles
"It is good to know that at last the story of two of the most remarkable women in American history is fully and sensitively told."--Carl Degler