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This Day in Boston History

February 21st, 1838

Angelina Grimke - Another Massachusetts First

On this day, Angelina Grimke became the first woman in the United States to be allowed to address a lawmaking body. She spoke to the Massachusetts Legislature for two hours about the cruelty of racial prejudice and suggested a plan of gradual emancipation of slaves.

About her audience Angelina wrote: "... they came despising me and my cause from the bottom of their hearts. But I trust the Lord will overrule all things to his own glory, the manumission of the slave and the elevation of woman, for such proceedings cannot but have an important bearing on the Woman Question as it is called."

Read an excerpt of her address to the legislature.

 


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.


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