1836 abolitionist and womens rights leader angelina

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1836, Abolitionist and Women’s Rights leader Angelina Grimke wroteAppeal to the Christian Women of theSouth,urging them to take a stand against slavery.Catherine Beecher wrote the piece excerpted below inresponse.Primary Source(words that areboldand underlinedare defined below the excerpt)Analysis QuestionsIt seems unwise for ladies of non-slave holding statesto unite themselves inAbolitionsocieties - this issueis already dividing the nation, if the women excitepublic opinion too much, this will tear the nation apart.How will the nation survive if the southern states rebel?...Heaven has made males thesuperior, and femalessubordinate.It is in the interest of women to notchallenge this heavenly order, similarly you would notwant a child to overrule their parents, or a subject tooverthrow their ruler…Despite this, women still haveinfluence and can exercise power, in a quieter andmore peaceful way.Women should influence socialideas by making sure she is loved, this will makepeople love her and wish to please her...men will thenlisten to her ideas and carry them forward…this shouldhappen only in domestic or social circles...A woman may seek the cooperation of other women,but in maternal or domestic duty only...if she is drivenIs Catherine Beecher in support of or against women’sinvolvement in abolition societies? How do you know?In the second paragraph, Catherine Beecher writes:Heaven has made one gender the superior (males),and to the other delegated the junior position.It is inthe interest of women to not challenge this heavenlyorder, similarly you would not want a child to rule theirparents, or a subject to overthrow their ruler…”Whatdoes this tell you about how she views the roles of menand women?
to exert her influences or ideas on other issues ofpublic importance, or gather women to do so, thisthrows her out of the appropriate role, disrupts naturalorder…It is asked, may not women appropriately comeforward then on behalf of enslaved women? It is repliedthatpetitionsfrom females will frustrate and angermen...it will force a deeper wedge between pro andanti slavery politics...and so it is unwise.In thiscountry,appealstocongress, about laws and rules ofour nation or duties of congress, IN ALL CASES fall tomen.But it maybe asked, is there nothing to be done tobring this national sin of slavery to an end? Must theinternal slave trade, a trade now ranked as piracyamong all civilized nations, still prosper in our bounds?

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Term
Winter
Professor
Chris Wren
Tags
Abolitionism, Angelina Grimke

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