The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimké

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Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 193 pages
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Sarah Grimke, feminist activist and abolitionist, was one of the nineteenth century's most prescient feminist thinkers. She was the first American woman to write a coherent feminist argument, and her writings and work championing the emancipation of woman still remain a powerful influence on the rise of feminist consciousness. However, Sarah Grimke has long been given short shrift as a woman of no real historical significance aside from the her association with her sister, abolitionist Angelina Grimke. In The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimke, Gerda Lerner places Sarah's work in the context of the long history of feminist thought, showing that she was indeed a significant feminist figure and clearly ahead of her time. Focusing on Sarah's essays and letters to journals, newspapers, and contemporaries, and including illuminating articles by Lerner herself, Sarah is finally given full credit for her contributions to the feminist and abolitionist movements in pre-Civil War America.As Lerner explains, "That Sarah's work came to us in snippets and fragments, handwritten on paper cut out of a notebook, embedded in the manuscript collection of her brother-in-law, unnoticed and forgotten for over a hundred years is typical of what happened to the intellectual work of women," not indicative of her accomplishments as a major feminist thinker. The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimke not only sheds light on Sarah Grimke as feminist thinker, theorist, and activist, it powerfully accents Gerda Lerner's pioneering efforts in the universal recognition of the feminist consciousness.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Sarah and Angelina Grimke to Queen Victoria
50
SMG to the Editors Christian Inquirer
58
SMG to the Editors New York Tribune
65
The Education of Women
75
SMG to Harriot Hunt May 23 1855
92
Gerda Lerner A Problem of Ascription
100
Marriage
107
SMG to Gerrit Smith October 1 1856
123
Sisters of Charity
132
SMG Letter draft to George Sand
149
SMG to Sarah Wattles December 27 1856
152
ARTICLES
155
The Grimke Sisters and the Struggles Against Race Prejudice
157
The Political Activities of Antislavery Women
175
Copyright

SMG to Jeanne Deroin May 21 1856
116

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Gerda Lerner is at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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