The age of Reform lasted from 1820-1860, so about 40 years give or take a few. The age of reform changed how many Americans lived. Two major parts of the reform where the Temperance reform, and the start and end of utopian societies. Utopian societies didn’t last very long because the economy didn’t usually last very long. All utopian societies were based off the idea that if any man or woman followed a set of guidelines in their life, they could live longer or better. This idea was set by modern leaders who took communities of people and made into “utopias”. The Reason for other utopian societies was because America was expanding. Utopian societies where also based off of religious reasons. They would take the bible, and use only certain …show more content…
There where many Utopias, here are a few. The Rappites. In 1816, the Rappites came from the Shakers, one of the bigger Utopian communities. They isolated themselves from other communities. George Rapp Lead 600 people to live in the community. The Rappites where known for their strict ideas on sex and marriage. They believed that marriage should be very stiff and strict in the manner that husband and wife stay away from each other until the end of the day. They only saw each other at meal times. They collapsed 3 years later after running into economical problems. Unlike the shakers, their life was not simple, they still did humanly things. The Shakers had 20 communities. They were known for their Christian guidelines and sect. The believed in labor, and ina strict diet and way of everyday living. They were the biggest …show more content…
Part of the American economy was based on alcohol. Americans drank a lot of alcohol everyday. We also sold it and made a huge profit out of it. Many men and women started to realize what affect this could have on the economy and the affect it was already having on people. And so communities started to ban alcohol. The reason people started to drink alcohol excessively was because after the American revolution, most people used alcohol to help them get over the war. People also started to drink after work because most Americans worked all day. At one point people were encouraged to stop drinking altogether. There were 4 main reasons people stopped drinking
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To create a utopian society, the people of Merry Mount needed to see the need for conformity and to create a baseline for the society to function. To start, they did not see the issues complete freedom caused in their society, but then they were able to see its affects; “Just then, as if a spell were loosened, down came a little shower of rose leaves from the maypole” (Hawthorne 10). The people of Merry Mount realize that complete freedom does not work in a community; individualism needs to be balanced with a certain amount of conformity and a sense of nationalism. In addition, the balance between the conformity and individualism arose due to the conformity of some in society that led others to conform; “Edith and Edgar consistently display an anti-festive, moralistic attitude” (Miller 117). Some of the residents of Merry Mount conformed to the Puritans way of life and this enabled the balance between conformity and individual to arise.
Brook Farm was a Utopian community in America during the time of the 1800s. Utopias were meant to be a new age in human civilization. Brook Farm was founded by Unitarian minister George Ripley, a famous journalist born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Brook Farm was a Utopia that did not practice a religion. When a Utopian is created, the purpose is to make a community where everyone is assigned a job based on their skills to make goods.
Reformists wished for people in office to be morally responsible. I believe it is important that reformists didn’t entirely shy away from politics. Instead, they learned how to use persuasion to make more change in the right direction. The reformists conformed to the way of gaining followers because it seemed like the only way to work. They made alcohol and slavery a major issue in politics and were able to stop postal workers from working on
All utopias are different. People have different concepts of utopias and they can be good or bad depending on their ideas. The examples of utopian societies that we read in class, like the well- known novel Animal Farm, and the lesser known short stories “The Most Dangerous Game” and “Harrison Bergeron” were all different examples of utopias, but none of them sounded fair or humane. One was murder, one was a twisted concept of equality and the other was taking advantage of blunt mindedness. In Animal Farm the leader Napoleon convinces the other animals to turn on the humans.
Prohibition INTRODUCTION In the early 1800s Alcohol was a big part of the American Society. In 1920, prohibition was a nationwide ban on the manufacture, importation, transportation, exportation, distribution and the sale of all alcohol. Alcohol was blamed for many of society's issues, among were health problems, crime and corruption and social problems. Alcohol was blame for large amount of domestic violence.
A utopia, first described by Sir Thomas More in his book Utopia, is a an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political and moral aspects. However, a utopia is merely just an imagination of a perfect society because often times utopias fail. Utopias do not fail because of people’s inherent imperfection, but rather because there is no such thing as inherent perfection. The idea that people are imperfect is based of a false premise that perfection exists. However, perfection can only exist in someone’s minds, in each person’s interpretation of what it is and what it describes.
Alcohol was immensely important to immigrants that came to the United States from Europe in the 1600’s. A few centuries later, specifically 1917, many Americans believed that alcohol consumption was a problem. An eighteenth amendment was assembled and passed by congress which banned production, transport, and marketing of alcohol. Even a drink consisting of over 1 percent alcohol was considered an alcoholic beverage. America was officially a “dry” country.
As a counterpart of Utopia, there’s Dystopia or anti-utopia which is the ultimately flawed world. The Word dystopia was first used in 1868 by John Stuart Mill in a parliamentary speech to describe the opposite of a Utopia. This form of literature was created by writers to parodies and subverts the utopian tradition also it is used as a warning against things which are happening in the contemporary society. Ferns states in Narrating Utopia: "Rather than liberating humanity from the constraints imposed by nature, technology becomes the instrument for the imposition of a far more rigorous tyranny—a tyranny of purely human agency. "The central fears in Dystopias are: first, the idea of totalitarianism, second, the invasion of technological progress
By analyzing the industries and wealth of each and every district we may come to the conclusion that district 1,2 and 4 are known to be the “career districts” which have much positive orientation towards Hunger games. Even though there is poverty and malnutrition prevailed in some impoverished districts, their tributes are generally healthy and strong enough to participate in the Hunger games. These districts give much importance to volunteers who can gain victory and hence regarded to be the highest. The children in these districts were often raised specifically to participate in the Hunger games even though it is against the rule of Hunger games. They are thus trained in the arts of combat and survival.
The prohibition outlawed alcohol to try and diminish the crime rate. This led to a higher consumption of alcohol and illicit speakeasies. As fast as the police closed down one venue, more would spring up in its place (Prohibition in the United States). Government intrusion with the Volstead Act of 1919 outlawed beverages over 0.5 alcohol volume
Utopian Society A Utopian society would be possible, if humans were not an intelligent species. The way that a utopian society works is, there is a figure that no one knows about. Like big brother in 1984, that does not make itself known, but at the same time has to power to do whatever it wants. Another reason that a utopian society can function is because the citizens that live in it, are ignorant and do not want to put forth the effort to think about what is really going on.
Utopia is known as the perfect imaginary society. It is imaginary as ones Utopia is never the same as another ’s no matter how similar they may be. Thomas More the head of the Church of England wrote the short story “Utopia”. His utopian society was a fairer society but by no means a perfect society.
Is this a result of the Law’s decreasing fear upon American citizens? Perhaps the fact that alcohol was more often reserved for special occasions made it seem like a luxury, and that drinking, in a way, made you feel wealthy. So no longer was drinking a casual thing to do, it was something that you did when you were having the time of your life. And that’s how the world revolved more around alcohol than it ever did before. It was responsible for almost all of Gatsby’s wealth and his parties.
When Sir Thomas More wrote a book, which heralded as the epitome of ideal socialism called " Of a republic 's best state and of the new island Utopia ' five centuries ago, he did not expect anyone to believe such eccentric or rather insane ideology---an ideology that a society could based on equal distribution, where all of its citizens hold equal social status, equal shares of wealth and conduct little crime & immoral behavior, could last long and not be destroyed by the selfishness, hate, jealousy amongst other "innate" characters of human beings. Five hundred years later, however, there are, ironically, few countries in the world founded on the very idea of Utopianism where everyone gets his/her equal share of gold. One of them, which shall be named "Utopia", where its social inequality is prevailing & deteriorating, its citizens want more money by squeezing it from someone else 's pocket, its food industry had been scandalous since profiteers have no concern about other human beings nor do they possess any conscience , its air quality has plummeted due to over exploitation & governmental negligence , its media and the Internet are intentionally censored to maintain its "Utopic" image, is a perfect model society of what Sir Thomas More 's described in his book, just in the opposite direction though.