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 Grimké, feminist activist and abolitionist, was one of the nineteenth century's most important 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 carry a powerful message for contemporary women. In the view of historians, Sarah Grimké has long been overshadowed by her sister, Angelina. In The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimké, Gerda Lerner corrects this appraisal by placing Sarah's work in the context of the long history of feminist thought and Biblical criticism, showing that she was indeed a major figure and a pioneer. Based on her meticulous study of primary sources--Sarah's writings, letters, and journal entries--Lerner at last gives full credit to Sarah Grimke's contribution to the women's rights movement. 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," but it is not indicative of her accomplishments as a major thinker.
The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimké not only revises our appreciation of Sarah Grimké's thought and life, but it represents some of Gerda Lerner's most significant work in documenting women's role in history.
 

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The Feminist Thought of Sarah Grimke. edited by Gerda Lerner, is an extremely interesting collection of letters and a few manuscripts of pamphlets or essays written by Sarah Grimke (1792-1873). Editor ... Read full review

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, 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.

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