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Walking by Faith: The Diary of Angelina Grimke, 1828-1835 (Women's Diaries and

Angelina Emily Grimke; Editor-Charles Wilbanks

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ISBN 10: 1570035113 / ISBN 13: 9781570035111
Published by University of South Carolina Press, 2003
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Brand new. Purchased from publisher. Hardcover and dust jacket. The diary that Angelina Grimke (1805-1879) kept from 1828 through 1835 offers a window into the spiritual struggles and personal evolution of a woman who would become one of the nation's most fervent abolitionists. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, and an heir to a family enterprise dependent on slave labor, Grimke was an unlikely supporter of emancipation. Only after years of inner turmoil did she leave the South to join her sister Sarah in the crusade against slavery. While Grimke's public persona has been widely studied, the private spiritual and intellectual journey that preceded her public career and pushed her to the forefront of the abolitionist movement is chronicled for the first time in Walking by Faith.When Grimke began this diary in January 1828, uncertainty about her place in the world and her life's work occupied her thoughts. For the next seven years she recorded her most intimate concerns. Her diary entries follow her shift in religious affiliation from Episcopalian to Presbyterian to Quaker; her changing views on abolition; her conclusion that living as a Quaker in Charleston would be impossible; and her decision to establish an existence independent of her family. An excellent example of the confessional diary, usually associated with New Englanders, Grimke's writings offer a psychological and spiritual self-portrait that prefigures the image later seen by the world.Editor Charles Wilbanks, in his introduction to the volume, considers how Grimke's private persona informs our understanding of her public rhetoric. Suggesting that it is not coincidental that her diary ends just as her public life begins, he contends that the construction of her journal provided the necessary bridge from the intuitive to the rational and from the contemplative to the active. Bookseller Inventory # 30-AH1J-FN9A

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Title: Walking by Faith: The Diary of Angelina ...

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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Grimke (1805-79) wrote her diary before her emergence as an abolitionist speaker, and Wilbanks (speech communication, U. of South Carolina) says it is not a chronicle of her aspirations and trials, but a sort of psychological and spiritual self-portrait. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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CHARLES WILBANKS is the director of the speech communication program at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching emphasis is American public address, the history of rhetoric, and argumentation. Most recently he has focused on nineteenth-century reform rhetoric, abolitionists, and the abolition movement. Wilbanks has also published in the areas of the history of rhetorical theory and argumentation. He lives in Columbia.

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