Rebel Hearts

The Grimke Sisters

A film by Betsy Newman

1995 | 60 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99100


REBEL HEARTS is a captivating documentary about the abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the anti-slavery movement of the early 19th Century. Daughters of a wealthy slave-holding family from Charleston, SC, the Grimke sisters astonished everyone-family, friends and abolitionists-when they left the South to become the first female agents of the anti-slavery movement. Their passionate rhetoric and fiery speaking style led them to the front ranks of the abolitionist movement and set the stage for the establishment of the women's rights movement. A combination of interviews - - including one with historian Gerda Lerner - - dramatic performances and rare archival footage creates a lively portrait of these extraordinary women and their contribution to American history.


"Restores at last for a contemporary audience the story of one of the most pioneering American families, and helps establish the true complexity of race relations in this country."

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Harvard University



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