Women and the Anti-Slavery Movement

In the 1836, abolitionist activist and speaker Angelina Grimké published her “Appeal to Christian Women of the South.”  At the time, it was considered inappropriate for women to speak in public and HIGHLY inappropriate for women to involve themselves in political causes. Read Grimké’s letter, found here  (Links to an external site.) , as well as this section of American Yawp talking about Women’s Rights in Antebellum America  (Links to an external site.) . Respond to the following prompt: How does Angelina Grimkés letter reflect common beliefs and social expectations about women’s roles in the 1830s, and how does Grimkés letter challenge those common beliefs and social expectations?  To support your reading, you must show how specific passages from Grimke’s letter demonstrate or challenge the cultural norms surrounding women that are mentioned in the lecture and in The American Yawp. You must explain the link between Grimke’s writing and what we know about  women at the time from the lecture and The American Yawp.

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