Good paper on the background of Sarah Grimke Good
Sarah (Moore) and Angelina (Emily) Grimke
Sarah is the eldest of the Grimke sisters, born in Charleston South Carolina in
November of 1792. Angelina, the youngest, was born in Massachusetts in February of 1805.
The Grimke family consisted of the sisters, an aristocratic, slave owning father, Judge John
Faucherand and Mother, Mary Smith Grimke. Sarah had the overwhelming desire to practice
law, though due to her status as a women, she was not admitted, or allowed to attend any
Universities that were available at the time. This was only the beginning to the discrimination
and humiliation she was to experience in her fight against sexism.
Both Sarah and Angelina joined the Society of Friends (a.k.a. Quakers) in
Philadelphia in their early twenties. Their time there strengthened their independent thinking
skills. The sisters were unhappy with the Society of Friends, due to the strict regulations they
Soon afterward both sisters moved to North Carolina to join the Anti-Slavery
In 1835 Angelina wrote a letter of support to Abolitionist leader William Lloyd
Garrison who published it in his newspaper The Liberator. The following year, 1836, she
composed a thirty page pamphlet entitled An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.
This pamphlet urged southern women to persuade their influential husbands to re-examine the
morality of the slavery institution. A similar plea was made towards the Southern Church
institutions months later in An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States. Though praised
by other abolitionists in the free states, officials in South Carolina burned copies and
threatened imprisonment to the authors should they return to that state. During this time the
sisters released their own family slaves after they were apportioned to them as part of the
Angelina also began the sister's speaking career in the private homes of Philadelphia
women. The sisters moved to New York in 1836 where they addressed the larger audiences
of Churches and public halls. With all their good efforts the sisters were brought under fire
from the General Association of Congregational Ministers of Massachusetts and scalded by
authority figures. These actions further inflamed the anger of the sister's discrimination,
resulting in further efforts made in the way of sexist reform.
Angelina married Theodore Dwight Weld, a famous Abolitionist in 1838. Soon
afterward she became ill and retired public speaking. Her sister, Sarah joined her in her
retirement. Both sisters along with Weld started and supported Liberal schools in New
Jersey. Eventually the sisters moved to Massachusetts, continuing to support Abolitionism and