Women's Rights - Grimke Sisters Book

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Before the antislavery movement there were very specific roles portrayed by males and females in American society. With the antislavery movement and the women’s rights movement that followed directly after, these preconceived notions of male and female roles were completely challenged as a result of the major cultural changes taking place at that time. Social movements are deeply rooted in the culture that creates them. In a time of great suffering, a small group of people ushered in a movement that changed the very meaning of freedom and transformed the entire consciousness of the United States of America. Paradigm shifting ideas were presented that altered our nation forever. Ideas that, at the time, sounded completely insane to the average American. But it was these very thoughts that released so many from oppression. During a time when slave owning was normal, people began to question their reality, which promoted change. Questions about race and racial prejudice arose and eventually led to questions of gender equality, all of which helped create the women’s rights movement as well as the abolition of slavery. The 1830’s were challenging times for the United States of America. After witnessing the horrific conditions that slaves endured daily, a growing group of free, white American women in the south began to take notice of the evil that surrounded them. Being wives, sisters and mothers themselves; these women found it heart-wrenching to see children so easily ripped away from their mothers and entire families torn apart without second thought or care. As females, they sympathized with these oppressed female slaves, for they could relate to them. Despite most of these southern women being of slaveholding families, they began to unite to promote change. Angelina and Sarah Grimke’ were two sisters born to a prominent slaveholding family in Charleston, South
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