This packet contains materials related to women and the abolition in the 1830s-1850s. These materials can support classes and research in religion, women and gender studies, and African-American studies. Potential pedagogical goals from using these materials might include examining the ways enslaved or free peoples voices are represented or not, exploring, analyzing, and putting materials in conversation, comparing accounts of similar time periods and topics by different authors, and examining intersectionality and patronization within the records.
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- Resources which provide background on this topic:
- Cross-Hansen, Jody L. “Hicksite and orthodox abolitionists.” In The contribution of Quaker women to the political struggle for abolition, women’s rights, and peace: from the Hicksite Schism to the American Friends Service Committee. Lewiston : The Edwin Mellen Press, 2015.
- Lerner, Gerda. The Grimké sisters from South Carolina pioneers for women’s rights and abolition. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
- Quakers & Slavery Exhibition.
Quaker & Special Collections holds a wide variety of materials on this topic beyond those listed here. For more information consult our research guide on the topic or contact Special Collections.
John Greenleaf Whittier. Letter to Angelina and Sarah Moore Grimké on the importance of abolition in relation to the women’s rights movement. 1837. HC-MC-851
The Female Anti-Slavery Sewing Society Minutes. 1852-1854. HC-MC-975-09-010
“We organise ourselves a Sewing Society, for the purpose of relieving the sufferings of that class of our countrymen, who have fled from the oppression which they endured under the unjust laws of our country, and found a refuge in Canada.
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