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Angelina Grimké Weld's speech at Pennsylvania Hall
1838

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Speaking as a southern woman who had seen firsthand the "demoralizing influence" of slavery and its "destructiveness to human happiness," Angelina Grimké Weld gave an inspiring speech at Pennsylvania Hall amidst a tumult of rocks thrown through windows and the shouting of an unruly mob.

"What is a mob?" she asked during the commotion. "What would the breaking of every window be? Any evidence that we are wrong, or that slavery is a good and wholesome institution? What if the mob should burst in upon us, break up our meeting and commit violence upon our persons -- would this be anything compared to what the slaves endure?"




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