Social Reform Movements 19th Century

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Reform movements spread throughout the country during the nineteenth century like wildfire alongside and often in conjunction with the Second Great Awakening. During this era the abolitionist movement, struggle for women’s and worker’s rights and the temperance movement came with the desire for social betterment and reform. Many of these societies and movements involved the ideology of the American Revolution with ideas of individual freedom, liberty, equality and also the respect for personhood. While many of the social reform movements in the first half of the nineteenth century had an element of moralism the temperance movement was steeped in it. It was believed that with drinking came “poverty, crime, illness, insanity, battered and broken

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