Racism In The Second Great Awakening

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While the 1840s was obviously a period with a culture of racism, that racism was paired with an enormous religious culture. This time period comes at the end of the Second Great Awakening, a Protestant revival movement that swept the country, pushing for strong religious morality to prepare for the second coming of Christ. While Huck is with the Widow, he gets a different sort of education. The Widow and her sister, Miss Watson, are wealthy, proper and intensely religious, irreconcilable with Pap. Huck describes living in the Widow’s house, “She worked me middling hard for about an hour [with a spelling book]…Then for an hour it was deadly dull, and I was fidgety. Miss Watson would say, ‘Don’t put your feet up there, Huckleberry’; and ‘Don’t
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