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A Short History of Snowflakes (or, A Quick Case of Irony)

If you've found yourself in a conversation about more recent politics, there's a fairly good chance that you were either called a "snowflake" or called someone else a "snowflake." This epiphet of late popularity was grown in its usage over the past year or so. In a debate, the person who

William Grimes – Escaped Slave, Business Owner, Author

William Grimes was born a slave in King George County, Virginia in 1784. His mother was a slave, but his father was Benjamin Grymes, a wealthy slave owner. Because his mother was owned by a man named Dr. Steward, he was also owned by Dr. Steward. Until he was thirty

Representative Clingman and Anti-Slavery as the Cause of War

With great zeal, many Confederate apologists attempt to convince themselves and others that the Confederacy seceded from the United States for the noble causes of liberty, self-rule and states rights. This is only understandable - the historical reasons given by most Southern leaders were not exactly heroic, becoming or moral.

‘What If The Mob Should Now Burst In Upon Us?’ – Angelina Grimke’s Speech at Pennsylvania Hall

During the 1830s, the anti-slavery movement began to splinter along various lines. While most originally favored a gradual emancipation followed by swift colonization of former slaves, others were growing more radical. The idea of immediate abolition was beginning to grow.  The Grimke Sisters, Angela and Sarah, were at the forefront of this movement.

That they were women caused still another rift. Even in such progressive movements as abolitionism, there was a push back against women taking political roles. This rift grew more prominent with the increasing popularity of these two fiery sisters.

“As a Southerner I feel that it is my duty to stand up here tonight and bear testimony against slavery. I have seen it – I have seen it. I know it has horrors that can never be described. I was brought up under its wing: I witnessed for many years its demoralizing influences, and its destructiveness to human happiness.” – Angelina Grimke

In this piece, we’ll look at Angelina Grimke’s 1838 speech in Philadelphia, on the night anti-abolitionists burned down Pennsylvania Hall.

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