“Greenidge, a professor at Tufts University, brings her unique, perceptive eye to African American civil rights in the North. Sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke have been exalted as brave heroines who defied antebellum Southern piety and headed northward to embrace abolition. Greenridge makes the powerful case that, in clinging to this mythology, a more troubling story is obscured. In the North, as the Grimke sisters lived comfortably and agitated for change, they enjoyed the financial benefits of their slaveholding family in South Carolina. Greenidge not only provides a revisionist history of the Grimke sisters, but she also extends the Grimke family story beyond the 19th century.” Read more...
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