My country is bleeding, my people are perishing around me. But I feel as a South Carolinian, I am bound to tell the North, go on! go on! Never falter, never abandon the principles which you have adopted.
Angelina Grimké (1805–1879), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 19, by Gerda Lerner (1967).
Speaking on May 14, 1863, at a national convention of women called to consider how Northern women might best aid the Union war effort. Raised in South Carolina, Grimke had moved North in 1829 to escape constant contact with slavery, which she abhorred.