Essay On Abolitionism

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During the early nineteenth century, religion, moral differences and confusion divided communities and institutions. Abolitionism became an influential movement, many white reformers and free blacks were active in ending slavery. This challenged southern society, caused political unrest and led to the civil war. Protestants used revivals to grow their following especially because the amount of Catholics and Mormons grew. Though southern churches didn’t really participate in social reform, the Second Great Awakening gave people structure in the communities. The Second Great Awakening also allowed Baptists and Methodists to grow in membership, they also began to influence the south during the beginnings of the 1800’s. While the south continued…show more content…
Taxes were used to help take care of schools. People believed they were more important to poorer people because it would teach students who didn’t have a proper upbringing necessary knowledge as well as religious beliefs. The 1820’s and 1830’s also brought an upbringing of state funded prisons, insane asylums and poorhouses. Dorothea Dix helped to raise the level treatment for the inmates. Also, many reforms began to be radical in the eyes of many. After the evangelical movement, the Abolitionist movement was a success, especially in the upper north. However, it faced opposition that would become violent, particularly near the Mason-Dixon Line. Though there was also differences within the movement itself in regards to the church, the government and women. The Liberty Party was an attempt by the abolitionists to enter politics as a separate party. Free Blacks in the northern part of the U.S began telling their stories which were then printed as narratives which backed the antislavery cause. Conflict rose between Black and White abolitionist leading to separate groups. The Underground railroad was also a prevalent part of the movement. Alongside this, women saw similarities between slavery and their own problems, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked to organize the first gather for women’s rights at Seneca Falls in 1848. The Declaration of Sentiments called for
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