Reform Movements Emma westerholm & NatAlie wyatt p3

The US was a work in progress in the mid 1800s and so people started to change their enviviorment. There where some key movements that started it all. For example the Second Great Awaking was a religious movement that spread all around the country. Another example was calledTranscendentalism and this movement believed in the goodness of man. One of their leaders Henry David Thoreau
Women's rights were becoming a talking point in the 1840s, most of the coversations started with Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth C. Stanton. At this time women could not vote or hold office and once they wed, everything they owned was now considered their husbands. In 1840 Mott and Stanton had made their own Declaration of Sentiments that demanded equal rights for women every here. With many other people becoming active slowly there was progress, three states passed laws that allowed women more rights.
"No more chains, no more cages!"

Dorothea Dex never expected to start prison reform but when she found out the terrible conditions she wrote a report to her state and the state immediately helped Dix on her path to reform. The mentaly ill were given a hospital instead of being locked away for the behavior, children were no longer jailed with adults. Debtors were also given their own fasility and their living conditions gradually improved.

In the mid 1800s, many people began to speak out against slavery; they felt it was the only way to complete their promis of " liberty and equality for all". The movement began in response to the inhuman treatment of slaves in the south. Abolishnesit began writing news papers, give lectures, and form societies. Two famous people to speak out against slavery were Fedrick Duglas and Sojourner Truth, they were former slaves who shared their stories. One of the most famous people to take action was Harriet Tubman, she was a conductor of the Underground Railroad. Although she had a bounty over her head she continued to return to the south and by the end of her life time she had saved 300 slaves. Although they were the minority they had a major impact.
In the mid 1800s, many children didn't attend school due to cost. Horace Mann changed all of this. He searched on the school board and he spoke to the people about the importance of education. Mann got people to start paying taxes for schools, teachers wages, and schools to twin the teachers. Mann's ides spread to other states and many more children were given the opportunity to become educated.

In the late 1800s the temperance movement was started. The temperance movement was all about stoping alcohol abuse as it had a history for crime. In the 1800s Maine banned the sale of alcohol and other states would soon follow. Although the laws were applied the movement started again in the later 1800s.


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