Antebellum Reform Movements

By Casey Sidden

The reason for the of the Antebellum Reform Movement

As a response to increasing social illness, the nineteenth century generated reform movements: temperance, abolition, school and prison reform, as well as others. This unit traces the emergence of reform movements instigated by the Second Great Awakening and the impact these movements had on American culture.
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6 Reform Movements

Mental Hospitals = Dorothea Dix exposed the inhumanity of the mental ill. state created mental Hospital not prisons.

Prisons = Prisoners were treated inhumanly were jailed for being in debt. The prisons focused mainly on rehabilitating the prisoners.

Education = Was mostly affordable for the wealthy. Many believed that the country could only survive if the citizens were educated

Alcohol Abuse = Many saw alcohol abuse as a problem in society. Temperance- moderation of alcohol abuse. some states banned the sale of liquor for sale

Women's Rights = The women's Rights Movement declared that men and women be equal. Also it demanded that women have the right to vote on government officials. Women's rights movement was overshadowed by the biggest reform movement abolitionism.

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Alcohol Abuse

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Women's Rights Movement

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