A choice of old writings from the slave-owner-turned-abolitionist sisters portrayed in Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Invention of Wings
Sarah and Angelina Grimké’s portrayal in Sue Monk Kidd’s most recent novel, The Invention of Wings, has introduced much-deserved new awareness to those inspiring american citizens. the 1st girl brokers for the yankee Anti-Slavery Society, the sisters initially rose to prominence after Angelina wrote a rousing letter of aid to popular abolitionist William Garrison within the wake of Philadelphia’s pro-slavery riots in 1935. Born into Southern aristocracy, the Grimkés grew up in a slave-holding relations. Hetty, a tender condo servant, whom Sarah secretly taught to learn, deeply prompted Sarah Grimké’s lifestyles, sparking her dedication to anti-slavery activism. As adults, the sisters embraced Quakerism and committed their lives to the abolitionist and women’s rights hobbies. Their appeals and epistles have been the most eloquent and emotional arguments opposed to slavery made by means of any abolitionists. Their phrases, greeted with trepidation and threats of their personal time, converse to us now as enduring examples of triumph and hope.
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