Lift Up Thy Voice by Mark Perry
The Grimke Family's Journeyfrom Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders

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"An ambitious book, a history of the North and South from before the war to the end of Reconstruction. . . . Remarkable." (The New York Times Book Review)

In the late 1820s, Sarah and Angelina Grimké traded their elite position as daughters of a prominent slaveholding family in Charleston, South Carolina, for a life dedicated to abolitionism and advocacy of women's rights. The sisters became leaders in the anti-slavery movement, and their actions have had lasting repercussions on the way Americans strive for equality and social justice, even today. In 1868, Angelina and Sarah discovered that their deceased brother had had children by a slave. True to their ideals, the Grimké sisters invited their nephews into their lives, helped educate them, and gave them the means to start a new life. Archibald and Francis continued the fight for equality, becoming two of the most noted African Americans of their time. Francis, an influential Presbyterian minister, and Archibald, a lawyer, diplomat, writer, and editor, were deeply involved in the burgeoning civil rights movement and the founding of the NAACP. Archibald's daughter, Angelina Weld Grimké, became a seminal Harlem Renaissance poet and playwright.

At once a social history and family biography, Lift Up Thy Voice illustrates how the question of race dominates American history. Readers with a passion for American history, the Civil War, reform politics, and the early women's and civil rights movements will be fascinated by the inspiring tale of this remarkable family and its leadership over the century that made America what it is today.
 

About Mark Perry

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MARK PERRY, writer, reporter, and foreign policy analyst, has published articles in dozens of magazines and newspapers, including The Nation, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and New York Newsday. His critically acclaimed books include Four Stars: The Inside Story of the Forty-Year Battle Between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America’s Civilian Leaders; Eclipse: The Last Days of the CIA; Fire in Zion: The Israeli-Palestinian Search for Peace; and Lift Up Thy Voice: The Grimke Family’s Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders. Perry lives in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Published October 29, 2001 by Viking Adult. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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More than reporting the details of the Grimké sisters’ lives and deeds, interesting enough though they are, Perry offers a learned survey of American social history in the mid-19th century, providing a vivid account of the religious revival called the Second Great Awakening and connecting the que...

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In February 1868, the South Carolina-born abolitionist and feminist Angelina Grimke Weld came across an article in The National Anti-Slavery Standard that attempted to prove that ''the Negro intellect, in the matter of scholarship, does not appear inferior to that of the Caucasian.'' The report r...

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The brothers in this story are their nephews, black men, Archibald and Francis Grimké, born in slavery and equally bold, eventually continuing their aunts' work into the 1930s and transforming the crusade against slavery into a battle for equal rights, thus establishing the foundation for the civ...

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