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ISBN-13: 978-0807855669 ISBN-10: 0807855669 Edition: Revised and Expanded Edition

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"This book has become a classic work of history that illustrates what is now a central premise among historians: that women's lives mattered in creating the social, cultural, and political contours of the past. In both style and substance, The Grimke Sisters stands out as a model work of history that has inspired a generation of students and scholars. Lerner is truly a master of historical prose." - Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"

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[An] admirable and path-breaking study.--The South Carolina Historical Magazine|This book has become a classic work of history that illustrates what is now a central premise among historians: that women's lives mattered in creating the social, cultural, and political contours of the past. In both style and substance, The Grimke Sisters stands out as a model work of history that has inspired a generation of students and scholars. Lerner is truly a master of historical prose.--Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; Revised and Expanded Edition edition (September 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807855669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807855669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tina M. Horn on December 30, 1999
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I read an earlier (1970-something?) publication of this work, and really enjoyed it. The sisters were presented as powerful thinkers who struggled with the issues of their day. The title is right on, they were pioneers for women's rights, as well as influential abolitionists. I'm glad that they were presented as whole people, with doubts and questions and problems, too.
It was an easy ready, but I didn't feel like the author was talking down to me. The book is highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mulligan on April 15, 2009
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The Grimke Sisters rather then the European-American settlers in the West were the true pioneers of 19th Century America. They were ahead of their peers in supporting reform causes such as Abolitionism, Women's Rights and opposing racial prejudice. The last one was especially significant since many white abolitionists were prejudiced toward blacks even though they opposed slavery.

What is especially remarkable about the Grimke Sisters is that they were among the very few white abolitionists who grew up in the Deep South. They were from South Carolina and their cousin was Robert Rhett the famous fire eater.

The book examines how their religious beliefs shaped their political views and their involvement in factional struggles in the Quaker Church and the Abolition movement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan R. Schulman on February 23, 2014
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after reading Sue Monk Kidd's "The Invention of Wings" I had to find out more about the Grimke sisters and this book was wonderful in providing so much information about the abolition movement and about the strong fight these women put up to try and end slavery and to promote women's rights. This was an absolutely fascinating read; more so than the novel. The true story is more exciting than the fictionalized one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lu Ann W. Darling on November 8, 2011
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The Grimke sisters were indeed gutsy; southern born women who rebelled against slavery and took to the northern hustings to make their case. Gerda Lerner has done a splendid job of mapping their story.

Later I found they were not the only ones in the Grimke family to rebel against "that peculiar institution". Mark Perry's book Lift Up Thy Voice, should be a companion piece, because the sisters had two mulatto nephews they helped educate and who also became abolitionists.
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I purchased this book because I enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd's fictionalized version of their lives in "The Invention of Wings" that I read with my book club. Much of her information was based on this biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke by Gerda Lerner. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in these early pioneers of the abolitionist movement, as well as the women's rights movement of the 19th century. They were the shoulders that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, etc. stood on in fighting for women's rights decades later. Lerner has done an amazing job of thorough research, but the book is not merely a dry recitation of facts. Their story is gripping, and her commentary and analysis of their contributions is insightful and valuable. I was so moved by her work (she was a founder of the field of women's history), that when I finished reading it, I wanted to write to her to tell her so, but sadly I discovered that she died in 2013.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Allen on April 29, 2014
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An extremely thorough history of their lives and times. What amazing women they both were, especially given their southern, social background. Very detailed research, but readable. I bought this book to supplement an historical novel based on their lives we were reading for my book club group..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SIBYL P MCGARITY on February 28, 2014
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A book every woman should read! We've come pretty far since the middle 1800's, but we can still soar as far as we can dream
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Lockie on October 20, 2014
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Wonderful, researched part of Herstory. Not to be missed. Needs to be read with Sue Monk Kidds new book about the Grimke sisters.
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