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The Invention of Wings

This story was inspired by the 19th century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke from Charleston, South Carolina. Sarah was the daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner who was given her own personal slave, Handful, when she was a child. The chapters of this book alternate between the intertwined lives of Sarah and Handful and their differing perspectives on their lives. These two women become friends and both strive to be set free - Sarah from her ties to Southern bigotry, and Handful from slavery.

Although "The Wings of Invention" is a fiction book, Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina were real women who became abolitionists after being exiled from their hometown of Charleston, SC. Their crime was speaking out in favor of liberty and equality for African American slaves and women.

Richland Library has several books about the Grimke Sisters. Pick up one and learn about South Carolina's infamous sisters from the 1830's.


Amazon Says: Part social history, part family biography, a fascinating true account details the lives of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who, in the late 1820s, renounced their elite social pos more...
Amazon Says: Part social history, part family biography, a fascinating true account details the lives of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, who, in the late 1820s, renounced their elite social position and became advocates of women's rights and leaders in the anti-slavery movement, forever changing the course of history. less...
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Amazon Says: A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke explores the lives and ideas of the only so more...
Amazon Says: A landmark work of women's history originally published in 1967, Gerda Lerner's best-selling biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke explores the lives and ideas of the only southern women to become antislavery agents in the North and pioneers for women's rights. This revised and expanded edition includes two new primary documents and an additional essay by Lerner. In a revised introduction Lerner reinterprets her own work nearly forty years later and gives new recognition to the major significance of Sarah Grimke's feminist writings. less...
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Amazon Says: Here are the life stories of three women who connect us to our national past and provide windows onto a social and political landscape that is strangely familiar yet shockingl more...
Amazon Says: Here are the life stories of three women who connect us to our national past and provide windows onto a social and political landscape that is strangely familiar yet shockingly foreign. Berkin focuses on three “accidental heroes” who left behind sufficient records to allow their voices to be heard clearly and to allow us to see the world as they did. Though they held no political power themselves, all three had access to power and unique perspectives on events of their time. Angelina Grimké Weld, after a painful internal dialogue, renounced the values of her Southern family’s way of life and embraced the antislavery movement, but found her voice silenced by marriage to fellow reformer Theodore Weld. Varina Howell Davis had an independent mind and spirit but incurred the disapproval of her husband, Jefferson Davis, when she would not behave as an obedient wife. Though ill-prepared and ill-suited for her role as First Lady of the Confederacy, she became an expert political lobbyist for her husband’s release from prison. Julia Dent Grant, the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, was a model of genteel domesticity who seemed content with the restrictions of marriage and motherhood, even though they led to alternating periods of fame and disgrace, wealth and poverty. Only late in life did she glimpse the price of dependency. Throughout, Berkin captures the tensions and animosities of the antebellum era and the disruptions, anxieties, and dislocations generated by the war and its aftermath. less...
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Amazon Says: Discusses the work and life of the daughter of a southern slaveowner in the mid-1830s who fought--with her Quaker sister--to put an end to slavery more...
Amazon Says: Discusses the work and life of the daughter of a southern slaveowner in the mid-1830s who fought--with her Quaker sister--to put an end to slavery less...
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Patti S. Says: The Public years of Sarah and Angelina Grimke : selected writings, 1835-1839Amazon
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