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Brookline, 8th Mo., 22d, 1837.

The page of history teems with woman's wrongs, and it is wet with woman's tears.- For the sake of my degraded sex every where, and for the sake of my brethren, who suffer just in proportion as they place woman lower in the scale of creation than man, lower than her Creator placed here, I entreat my sisters to arise in all the majesty of moral power, in all the dignity of immortal beings, and plant themselves, side by side, on the platform of human rights, with man, to whom they were designed to be companions, equals and helpers, in every good word and work.

Thine in the bonds of womanhood,


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Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and her sister Angelina (1805-1879) were the first women in the United States to publicly argue for the abolition of slavery. They were also strong proponents of women's rights, brought about in part, because they were women participating in the man's domain of public speaking. This paragraph is an excerpt from a long article that was published in William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator. The piece was written in Brookline, Massachusetts while Sarah and Angelina were on lecturing tour of the northeast in 1837. The Liberator was first published on January 1, 1831 and continued until December 29, 1865. It was the most influential anti-slavery publication in the years before the Civil War.


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Excerpt from "Equal Rights- Condition in some parts of Europe" article from The Liberator newspaper

publisher   Isaac Knapp
author   Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873)
date   Jan 19, 1838
location   Boston, Massachusetts
width   2.75"
height   2.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.041

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