Angelina Grimké to Theodore Weld, August 12, 1837

“I cannot help felling some regret that this shld have come up before the Anti Slavery question was settled, so fearful am I that it may injure that blessed cause” (1)

In a different reading from Grimké, she is speaking to her future husband about the remorse she feels for having her thoughts on woman’s rights heard before the anti slavery rights are addressed.  She is writing this in 1837 which is the year that the anti slavery movement splits from the woman’s rights movement.  “The nineteenth century women’s rights and suffrage movement grew directly out of women’s experience in agitating against slavery” (2).  This shows the progression of the racial and gender dynamic going on in the country before women of color were not even thought of as people by European and white people, but now they have realized that oppression in any form will cause an unjust and broken system, and so they worked together to advance one another’s causes and feel remorse when one gets recognition but not the other because they both are fighting for the same goal, which is equality.  However, it does present issues where Grimké can be seen as a radical thinker and her concern for other oppressed groups is rare. Many people believe their cause is more important than the next, relating to the intersectionality, because they believe they are superior in the social hierarchy of things that their oppression should be addressed first, like the discussion with Fredrick Douglass, when he is asked if he would give up his status as a black male to be a woman he denies it because he believes his group of “male” is superior to “female”. 

1.  Angelina Grimké to Theodore Weld, August 12, 1837
2. Berkin, Carol , ed. “Women in Ninteeth Century America.” Clio in the Classroom . Ed. Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 30. Print.


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