Reform in the antebellum period (1820-1860) Three major reforms: Temperance, Abolitionism, & Women’s Rights



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Reform in the antebellum period (1820-1860)
Three major reforms: Temperance, Abolitionism, & Women’s Rights
Romanticism helps to define the underlying impetus for the numerous reform movements of the era. Romanticism was characterized by:




Temperance

  • A movement to make it illegal to sell or drink intoxicating beverages.

  • Grows out of a fear of new immigrants (Irish) and a belief that drinking is harmful to society.

  • Lyman Beecher one of the principle founders—father of a famous family of reformers

  • Temperance Pledge


Abolitionism


Women’s Rights


Other reforms included Prison Reform (Dorothea Dix), the peace movement (The American Peace Society and education reform (Horace Mann)


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