"Ye Knew Your Duty, But Ye Did It Not": The Epistolary Rhetoric of Sarah Grimke

  title={"Ye Knew Your Duty, But Ye Did It Not": The Epistolary Rhetoric of Sarah Grimke},
  author={Jami L. Carlacio},
  journal={Rhetoric Review},
  pages={247 - 263}
"An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States" represents a largely overlooked but significant rhetorical effort by one of the earliest and most uncompromising (white) abolitionists in antebellum America, Sarah Moore Grimke. I argue in this essay that Grimke's missive deserves the kind of scholarly attention that her more-recognized Letters on the Equality of the Sexes has been given and in particular that we pay close attention to her ability to rhetorically reframe her opponents' arguments… 
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