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He figures prominently, even now, in the accounts historians have written of racial thought and activism at the end of the nineteenth century and, indeed, through much of the decade of the 1920s. But for all his relative prominence, Grimké remains a man unknown. As an activist, he has acquired a reputation for shifting allegiances that, ultimately, has little to do with either the role he sought to play or the role he did play in the difficult racial environment of post-Reconstruction and early twentieth-century America.
Washington W. E. B. Du Bois Joel Spingarn Page xii William Monroe Trotter Roscoe Conkling Bruce Mary White Ovington Ulises Heureaux O. G. Villard Wendell Phillips Page xiii Preface The story of Archibald Grimké, in its bare outline, is well-known to many American historians. Born a slave in South Carolina in 1849, one of three sons of a slave owner and a mulatto nurse, Grimké was also the nephewinitially unknown to themof two of the most noted abolitionists, champions of racial equality and women's rights, the famous Grimké sisters, Angelina and Sarah, who had long since left South Carolina and settled in the North to work against the institution of slavery.
Paul's Parish, out from Charleston in Colleton County, with a work force of about thirty slaves. Nancy moved there with him. She did not live in the plantation house with Henry and his children but in a small house of her own across the yard. She continued to work in Henry's home but also did work for herself, raising chickens, pigs, and ducks that were considered her property. , 1859; rpr. Spartanburg, 1975), II, 542. Page 3 close to Henry's children and played a prominent role in the business of the plantation generally.