The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina

Pioneers for Women's Rights and Abolition

Revised and Expanded Edition

By Gerda Lerner

400 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, appends., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5566-9
    Published: September 2004
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-6809-6
    Published: November 2009
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-7916-5
    Published: November 2009

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A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimké explores the lives and ideas of the only southern women to become antislavery agents in the North and pioneers for women's rights. This revised and expanded edition includes two new primary documents and an additional essay by Lerner. In a revised introduction Lerner reinterprets her own work nearly forty years later and gives new recognition to the major significance of Sarah Grimké's feminist writings.

About the Author

Gerda Lerner (1920-2013), author of twelve books in women's history, was one of the founders of the field in the 1960s. Her creative scholarship, her organizing work on behalf of women historians, and her leadership in graduate education have been widely recognized and honored. She was past president of the Organization of American Historians, Robinson-Edwards Professor Emerita of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and visiting professor of history at Duke University. Her books include Fireweed: A Political Autobiography.
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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 Grimké 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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