Labor, Religious, and Prison Reform

Labor Unions

Allowed workers to bargain with their employers for higher pay, better working conditions, and a safer workplace. During the Era of Reform, labor unions campaigned for better hours, safer working conditions, and an end to child labor.

Religious reform

The Mormons were a Christian sect who believed that Native Americans were descendants of ancient Israelites. This was a radical change from mainstream Christian belief, and Mormons faced such intense persecution that they fled westward, eventually settling in Utah.

Prison reform

Dorothea Dix encouraged legislators to improve conditions for convicted criminals. Before the reforms, prisons were considered places where criminals were punished. Afterwards, the focus shifted to preparing prisoners to become productive members of society.
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Important People

U.S. History - Unit I Labor Unions