Antebellum Reform Movements

Exposed Inhumane treatment of the mentally ill states created mental hospitals not prisons to give mentally ill proper help. Prisoners were treated inhumanely were sometimes jailed just for being in debt Prison began focusing more rehabilitating prisoners & debtors prison was abolished. Public Education- 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. Women Rights started organized women's right movement in the united states in 1848 declared men and women to be equal Elizabeth Cady Staton demanded women's suffrage (right to Vote), Women's rights movement was overshadowed by the biggest reform movement, abolitionism. Abolitionism of slavery was the biggest & most divisve issue of reform tension over the issue of slavery contributed to the Civil War.
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Antebellum America Reform Movements
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