The Grimke Sisters Through The Civil War - Activism in Action | Sisterhood: SC Suffragists - Episode 3


The pastoral letters, meant to crack down on the Grimke sisters’ activities, had the opposite effect. The Grimkes continued to grow in popularity, and their letters on women’s rights were among the first to ever be published in the world. In February, 1838, Angelina was invited to Boston to address the Massachusetts legislature; the first time a woman would ever address a legislative body in the country. Fearing the backlash against the anti-slavery cause as the issue of women’s rights gained popularity, Theodore Weld wrote to Angelina, saying she should focus exclusively on anti-slavery. The differences of opinion held by Angelina and Theodore would put a strain on their romantic relationship, but in May, 1848, they were married.

The women abolitionists give a talk at Pennsylvania Hall, in downtown Philadelphia. In the middle of Angelina’s talk, an angry mob breaks out, and the next night, Pennsylvania Hall is set ablaze.