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Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Candy Stanton attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840, and were not able to speak about slavery simply because they were women. They were outraged by this and other inequalities faced by women. women had few political and legal rights. This led them to protest and start the Women's Rights Convention that demanded equality for women at work, school, church, and the voting booth.

In the mid 1800s, a growing number of both black and white, were speaking out against slavery. The Abolitionist Movement began in the Revoltuionary Era, partially in response to the inhumane treatment of slaves and partially in an effort to remove blacks from white society. Two of the best-known black abolitionists were Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth. Frederick Douglass an escaped slave, lectured against slavery and quickly became a leader in the abolitionist movement. Sojourner Truth was a former slave who was inspired by Douglass to speak out against the evils of slavery. Harriet Tubman was a conductor on the Underground Railroad ( a secret network of abolitionists that secretly helped runaway slaves to reach freedom in the North and Canada.

Foundations of Reform: In the mid 1800s, a series of reform Movements swept across the United States. Americans felt they could make a difference, that they could make society better. We tackled serious issues such as abolishing slavery, promotions womens' rights, improving education, providing better care for mentally ill, improving prison conditions, and educating the dangers of alcohol.
Alcohol abuse was widespread among men, women, and children. Reformers linked alcohol abuse to crime, the breakup of families, and mental illness. In the 1820s, the Temperance Movement was started. In 1850, Maine banned the sale of alcohol and other states soon followed with similar legislation. While these laws were later repealed, the movement would once again gain strength in the late 1800s.

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