Antebellum Reform Movements

Era of the Common Man

Cause : Started in the 1820's universal white male suffrage spread.

Effects

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

Public Education

Reform:

  • Education was only affordable for the wealthy
  • Many believed the country could only survive if citizens were educated.
  • Horace Mann- Pushed for public tax- supported schools with required attendance

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Abolitionism

  • Abolition of slavery
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  • The abolition of slavery was the biggest and most divisive issue of religion
  • Tension over the issue of slavery contributed to the Civil War
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