Quotation by Angelina Grimké

The denial of our duty to act in this case is a denial of our right to act; and if we have no right to act, then may we well be termed "the white slaves of the North," for like our brethren in bonds, we must seal our lips in silence and despair.
Angelina Grimké (1805–1879), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 10, by Gerda Lerner (1967).

Referring, in May 1837, to the common criticism that women should not speak out on a "political" subject such as slavery.
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