The Power Of Woman

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"Sarah Moore Grimke (1792-1873) wanted to become a "useful member of society," a goal she met through her impressive contributions to American social reform during the 1830s. The issue that loomed largest during that decade was slavery, and Sarah became a spokeswoman for and a leader in the abolition movement. As a Southern gentlewoman, her contributions were unique in that she critiqued the institution based on personal experience." "But Sarah did more than fight for the rights of slaves. Perhaps her greatest contribution was as an advocate of
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"Sarah Moore Grimke (1792-1873) wanted to become a "useful member of society," a goal she met through her impressive contributions to American social reform during the 1830s. The issue that loomed largest during that decade was slavery, and Sarah became a spokeswoman for and a leader in the abolition movement. As a Southern gentlewoman, her contributions were unique in that she critiqued the institution based on personal experience." "But Sarah did more than fight for the rights of slaves. Perhaps her greatest contribution was as an advocate of women's rights. Her feminist beliefs are set forth in her Letters on the Equality of the Sexes (1838). In this collection of letters, she implemented a new hermeneutic to interpret biblical verses traditionally considered to subject women to the tyranny of men. She confronted the subjugation of women based on divine authority and rejected patriarchal interpretations of Scripture. Based on her interpretation of Scripture, Sarah advocated full equality for women in education, vocation, politics, and finances. She became a role model for many women who later became leaders in the suffrage movement, and is still a role model for many today. Sarah Moore Grimke confronted racism and prejudice within church, society, and herself." Most books and articles dealing with the Grimke sisters focus on Angelina, and no biography has been written of Sarah. This is the first book-length treatment of Sarah's life and work, and as such as indispensable reading for those interested in women's studies, racism, suffrage history, and religious history.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865548763
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. "The Power of Woman:" The Importance of Sarah Grimke 1
2. The Formative Years and Experiences of Sarah Grimke 11
3. Quakerism: Sarah Grimke's Search for Justice for Slaves And Women 37
4. Abolitionism: Sarah Grimke's Commitment to Combat the Institution of Slavery 75
5. Feminism: Sarah Grimke's Understanding of Gender Equality 119
6. The Latter Years and Contributions of Sarah Grimke 177
Bibliography 195
Index 209
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