Essay The Reform Movement During The 19th Century

2327 Words Apr 4th, 2015 10 Pages
The 1800s was not a time period where all Americans were equal. White males held more rights than any other race and gender. To protest against unjust treatment, abolitionists, African Americans, women, and those who wanted to see a change in society and better treatment of all people, organized reform movements to bring awareness to certain issues. During the Second Great Awakening in the 19th century, the reform movements brought about major change for marginalized groups of people. The purpose of this was to make life better for the average American. The abolition movement, the women’s rights movement, the education reform movement, and the prison reform movement all had major impacts on the U.S. These movements took years and lots of help from the public to effectively pressure the government to pass laws that would improve the lives of Americans. All the reform movements that begun in the 1830s or 1840s, greatly impacted the lives of many Americans. The reform movement which had the longest lasting impact on the U.S. was the women’s movement, as it influenced many women to stand up and speak out against the injustices they faced and it also led to the 19th Amendment being passed . Southern states relied on slaves for economical purposes, therefore never showed any support for the abolition movement. Northern states, however, did not rely on slaves and were just disgusted and disturbed with the way that slaves were treated. Many believed that the immediate emancipation…

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