Angelina Grimké 

Angelina Grimké was a famous abolitionist known for her efforts in campaigning against slavery and promoting both racial and gender equality. Together with her sister, abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke, Angelina gave numerous speeches, wrote several essays, and was the co-author of the book 'American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses' along with her husband, Theodore Weld, and sister.

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Date of Birth and Parents:
Angelina Grimké was born on 20 February 1805, one of fourteen children born to Charleston lawyer and plantation owner, John Faucheraud Grimké and Mary Smith. Though raised in a household that had dozens of slaves, Angelina Grimké disagreed with the insitution of slavery from a very young age.

Date of Death:
26 October 1879, Massachusetts

Angelina Grimké met husband Theodore Weld in November 1836 at a nineteen day course during the American Anti-Slavery Convention in New York in the November. The two married; on 14 ay 1838 in a ceremony attended by numerous abolitionists; this was the event which opened a week long anti-slavery celebration at Pennyslvania Hall, which ended prematurely after four days when the crowd outside rioted and set alight to the building.

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Grimké refused to say the vows for her confirmation as she did not agree with the wording. She converted to Presbyterian at twenty-one but was expelled from the Presbyterian church in 1829 due to her comments about her peers behaviour and their refusal to denounce slavery. She later joined the Quakers but became frustrated that they didn't provide the imediate response to slavery that Angelina Grimké had expected.

Contributions Against Slavery:
In 1836, Angelina Grimké rose to fame as an abolitionist after the letter she wrote to William Lloyd Garrison was published in his paper, The Liberator. Angelina Grimké also penned 'Appeal to the Christian Women of the Southern States', requesting the assistance of women in fighting the institution of slavery; copies were publicly burnt in Charleston and her family were warned by the local police that she would be arrested if she came home again.

On July 17 1837, Angelina Grimké was challenged to a debate with two men in Massachusetts in the first public debate between both genders. However, Angelina Grimké was said to have handled the debate remarkably and later became the first woman to address a legislative body in America on 21 February 1838.

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