Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (20 February 1805 – 26 October 1879) was an American political activist, abolitionist and supporter of the women's suffrage movement. Grimké was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to John Faucheraud Grimké, an aristocratic Episcopalian judge, planter, lawyer, politician, slaveholder, Revolutionary War veteran and distinguished member of Charleston society. In 1784 he married Mary Smith, a descendant of Landgrave Thomas Smith, another family from the Charleston elite. Together they had a total of fourteen children, of which Angelina Grimké was the youngest.)
Snare of the shine of your teeth,
Your provocative laughter,
The gloom of your hair;
Lure of you, eye and lip;
And madness, madness,
Tremulous, breathless, flaming,
The space of a sigh;
Pain, regret—your sobbing;
And again, quiet—the stars,
I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray aright, we must understand what we are praying for.
One who is a slaveholder at heart never recognizes a human being in a slave.
Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
Can you not see that women could do and would do a hundred times more for the slave, if she were not fettered?
We Abolition Women are turning the world upside down.
The nation is in a death-struggle. It must either become one vast slaveocracy of petty tyrants, or wholly the land of the free.
Thou art blind to the danger of marrying a woman who feels and acts out the principle of equal rights.
Our fathers waged a bloody conflict with England, because they were taxed without being represented. This is just what unmarried women of property are now.
I recognize no rights but human rights—I know nothing of men's rights and women's rights ...