Antebellum Reform Movements

Mental Hospital,Prisons,Public Education,Alcohol abuse

Roots of reform

Events: Era of the common man

cause: starting in the 1820's universal white male suffrage spread.


  • Andrew jackson, a "common man" was elected
  • Candidates had to campaign to appeal to common people
  • the common gained more influence in government

Event: second great awakening

cause: americans were less religious, especially after the ENLIGHTENMENT EMPHASIZED SCIENCE AND REASON


  • people looked to them selves to be saved, not church authority.
  • common people had more influence in their religion
  • many wanted reforms to fix "sins in society, especially slavery