Early Women’s Rights Movement
What were the arguments for and against women participating in
abolitionist movement? How did the abolitionist movement
lead to the early women’s rights movement?
Brain Dump: Read the historical context on the women’s rights movement in the box
When you are done, answer the two analysis questions that follow.
Historical Context: Abolition Movement & Women’s Rights Movement
The abolitionist movement enabled women to carve out a place in the public sphere.
attended anti-slavery meetings and circulated petitions to Congress.
Most prominent during
the 1830’s were Angelina and Sarah Grimke, the daughters of a South Carolina slave owner.
The women had been converted to Quakerism and abolitionism while visiting Philadelphia.
They began to deliver popular lectures that offered a scathing condemnation of slavery from
the perspective of those who had witnessed it.
The sight of women lecturing in public to
mixed female and male audiences and taking part in public debate on political questions
aroused considerable criticism.
- Eric Foner
Voices of Freedom (Volume one, Third Edition - 2011).
Historian Bill Bigelow once wrote that the ”...abolition movement seeded the
movement for women’s rights in the United States.”
How could the experiences of
Angelina and Sarah Grimke support Bigelow’s claim about the relationship between the
abolition movement and the women’s rights movement
In the historical context, historian Eric Foner writes: “The sight of
women lecturing in public to mixed female and male audiences and taking part in public
debate on political questions aroused considerable criticism.”
Thinking about the
historical context, gender roles, and American society in 1830, why do you think women
speaking out in public against slavery caused so much agitation?