Reformers And Radicals Essay

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Question: What means did reformers and radicals use to communicate their messages and how did these means influence their ideologies?

Over the first Century and a half of American History, Reformers and Radicals found many innovative and effective ways to communicate their ideas to the country. Today, sending a message across the country can be as easy as writing an e-mail, and mass communication can be achieved as easily as setting up a website or buying a television advertisement. It is hard for one to imagine a world without a computer, a TV, or even a telephone, but this was the world that made the task of delivering a message to the people such a daunting task in 19th Century America. Reformers and Radicals used methods such as
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Other great public speakers included men like Booker T. Washington, who, in his famous “Atlanta Compromise”, actually made the case that segregation could be a good thing for African Americans. Washington’s masterful use of ambiguity (Walters lecture) allowed him to make appeals to African Americans to better their standing without offending or scaring the white population of the south. The ambiguity that could be used in public speech is another example of an effective tool that reformers and radicals could use to make their case to the public.
Public Speeches were a method utilized effectively by many different groups, but perhaps best mastered by the evangelical preachers of the early 19th Century. They used all aspects of public speech to make calls to the people of the United States to better themselves. From movements such as temperance to even anti-slavery, these preachers would utilize the pulpit as a forum of reform. The passionate sermons calling for a purer America were heard by millions of people across the country during the Second Great Awakening, a period of intense religious revival that lasted from the 1820’s to the 1840’s. Evangelical sermons spawned multiple reform groups. The country witnessed more reform activity than had been seen since the period of the revolution, the temperance and anti-slavery movements both had their roots in the Second Great

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