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Collection Title: Grimke (Thomas S.) Address

Collection Number: M226

Dates: March 29, 1831

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Unknown

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Thomas S. Grimke, 1786-1834, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Being raised in a Puritan background, Grimke was deeply religious and desired to be an Episcopal minister. Instead, he followed in his father's footsteps and practiced law. He served as a South Carolina state senator from 1826 to 1830. Grimke took an unpopular pro-Union stand, though the sectional issue was not as emotional then, as it was to become. A champion of temperance and world peace, he wrote several pamphlets on these topics. He also wrote several pamphlets on education, which he thought should be utilitarian and religious. Grimke thought science promoted the improvement of the people and therefore supported its teaching. He believed in higher education for women, modern history and modern literature as important parts of the curricula as well as manual training and that the Bible was basic to education from the primary grades through university education. The pamphlet in this collection explains Grimke's position on the place of the Bible in education.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a printed address by Thomas S. Grimke (South Carolina State Senator, 1826-1830), at a religious meeting in Charleston, South Carolina held March 29, 1831. The address focused upon the resolution of the American Sunday School Union concerning Sunday Schools in the Valley of the Mississippi. In this fifteen page address, Grimke states his reasons for believing the Bible should be the backbone of education. He is concerned "with exhibiting the Scriptures as the noblest instrument that can be employed for intellectual cultivation." Grimke did not believe in the separation of mind, conscience, and heart but did believe that a student can learn more from the Scriptures than from non-secular literature alone. Grimke also fought for educational reform in the South.


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