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2 The Spirit of Reform Ch. 8&9 notes

3 1) In the early 1800s, hundreds of thousands of Americans, mostly white men, gained the right to vote. This was largely because many states lowered or eliminated property ownership as a voting requirement.

4 2) In 1828, it was Andrew Jackson who won the support of the new voters, many of whom resided on the frontiers of the West and South. Jackson became known as a peoples president because he came from a common background rather than from aristocracy.

5 3) Jacksons supporters moved to make the political system - specifically, the way in which presidential candidates were chosen -more democratic.

6 4) Andrew Jacksons commitment to extending democracy didnt benefit everyone. His attitude toward Native Americans reflected the views of many westerners at the time. In his inaugural address he declared his intention to move all Native Ams to the Great Plains.

7 5) One of the most contentious developments of Jacksons presidency was his campaign against the Second Bank of the United States.

8 6) Like most Westerners and many working people, President Jackson was suspicious of the 2 nd Bank of the U.S. He regarded it as a monopoly that benefited the wealthy elite.

9 7) To make the 2 nd Bank of the U.S. an issue in the 1832 presidential campaign, Jacksons congressional opponents introduced a bill extending the Banks charter for another 20yrs. Congress passed the bill, but Jackson vetoed it.

10 8) Andrew Jacksons forceful style had earned him plenty of opponents, and by the mid-1830s a new party emerged to oppose him. The group named itself the Whigs after the party in England that had worked to limit the kings power.

11 9) Millions of immigrants came to the U.S. in the mid-1800s in search of a better life. The arrival of these newcomers coincided with a time when Americans were blazing new paths in a host of cultural areas, including religion, art, and literature.

12 10) Between 1815 and 1860, the U.S. experienced a massive influx of immigrants. Over 5 million foreigners arrived on its shores during this time.

13 11) The largest wave of immigrants, almost 2 million, came from Ireland. This was because of widespread famine that resulted from the destruction of much of the countrys potato crop.

14 12) Between 1815 and 1860, Germans represented the second largest group of immigrants.

15 13) During the 2 nd Great Awakening leaders of the various Protestant denominations – most often Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians – held camp meetings that attracted thousands of followers.

16 14) The basic message of the 2 nd Great Awakening was that individuals must readmit God and Jesus Christ into their daily lives.

17 15) After the murder of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young became the leader of the Mormon church. The Mormons then left Illinois and trekked westward to the Utah Territory, where they put down permanent roots.

18 16) The reform movements of the mid-1800s stemmed in large part from the revival of religious fervor that resulted from the 2 nd Great Awakening.

19 17) A number of reformers argued that no social vice caused more crime, disorder, and poverty than did the excessive use of alcohol.

20 18) In the early 1800s, many reformers began to push for a system of public education – government-funded schools open to all citizens.

21 19) In 1852 Massachusetts passed the first mandatory school attendance law. By the 1850s, tax-supported elementary schools gained widespread support in the NE states.

22 20) When officials talked about educating voters, they had men in mind. Nonetheless, a number of women took advantage of the education reform movement to create more educational opportunities for women.

23 21) Emma Willard was an early educational pioneer. Her girls boarding school in Vermont covered the usual subjects for women, such as cooking and etiquette, but it also included core academic subjects like History, Math, and Literature.

24 22) The idea that women should be homemakers and should take responsibility for developing their childrens character evolved into a set of ideas known as true womanhood.

25 23) By the 1830s, a growing number of Americans had begun to demand an immediate end to slavery in the South.

26 24) Of all the reform movements that began in the early 1800s, the move to end slavery was the most divisive. By pitting N against S, it polarized the nation and would eventually help bring about the Civil War.

27 25) From the earliest days of the Republic, many Americans had opposed slavery.

28 26) Early antislavery societies generally supported an approach known as gradualism – the belief that slavery had to be ended gradually.

29 27) In the 1830s a new idea, abolition, began to gain ground. Abolitionists argued that enslaved African Americans should be freed immediately, without gradual measures or compensation to former slaveholders.

30 28) Sojourner Truth was an impt. African Am. Abolitionist. She gained freedom in 1827 when NY freed all remaining enslaved people in the state. Her antislavery speeches - eloquent, joyous, and deeply religious- drew huge crowds.

31 29) In 1800 only around 387,000 American settlers lived W of the Appalachian Mts. By 1820 that number had grown to more than 2.4 million people. By the time of the Civil War more Am.s lived W of the App. Mts. than did E of them.

32 30) Some Am.s headed west for religious reasons. Others were lured by the chance to own their own farms.

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