Gerda Lerner

in The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780807855669
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469604879

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This chapter describes the reception of the sisters' appearance before the Massachusetts Legislature as a fitting climax to their New England tour. They were hailed as both heroines and condemned as troublemakers. The sisters themselves, chafing under the barrage of hostile criticism, considered their speaking tour a duty which had turned out to be far more onerous than they had anticipated. Neither they nor Thomas Weld were in a position at that time to evaluate the results and the significance of the tour objectively. It was during this time that Weld and Angelina were to marry.

Keywords: Massachusetts Legislature; New England tour; Thomas Weld; criticism

Chapter.  5135 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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