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1 Rebels with a Cause! Era of Reform: How does overcoming obstacles lead to change?

2 Spirit of Reform A revival of religious feeling swept across the nation from the 1800s and 1840s. Church leaders called this the Second Great Awakening a religious revival that appealed to people’s emotions. This was the idea that everyone could gain forgiveness for their sins, or be saved by doing good works. Men and women alike were now given a reason to work for the improvement of society. Optimistic ideas inspired Americans during this time!!!

3 Transcendentalism The idea that people could transcend, or rise above, the material things in life. A philosophy which taught that people should “transcend” go beyond logical thinking you reach true understanding with the help of emotion and intuition.

4 Ralph Waldo Emerson 1811-1882 Inspired Thoreau, Dickinson, Hawthorne & Walt Whitman—Central figure in the transcendentalist movement BELIEVED EVERY HUMAN HAD UNLIMITED POTENTIAL—COULD TRANSCEND IF THEY TRUSTED THEIR EMOTIONS AND INTUITION Entered Harvard University at 14—Great Minister— married only 2 years—tuberculosis. Sent him searching for vital truth Wrote civil War hymns, poems, 5,000 letters remain

5 Henry David Thoreau “…government in best which governs not at all” I dea of individualism  question society, institutions, and rules – DO NOT CONFORM TO OTHERS EXPECTATIONS Rebel: spent 2 years in solitude and wrote a 6,000 page journal. Once jailed for refusing to pay taxes which supported the Mexican-American War

6 Utopian Community: Model communities created by transcendentalists People in these communities A group of were working to establish a perfect society on Earth

7 Utopian Communities The Shakers Community Started by Ann Lee 6,000 members Banned private ownership of property Built beautiful furniture No copulation because it was seen as competitive in nature. Brook Farm Started by George Ripley near Boston People were encouraged to live “brotherly cooperation” instead of competing with one another Shared labor of supporting themselves by farming, teaching, and making clothes


9 Romantics : An idea that each individual brings unique perspective to the world that is best expressed by emotion rather than reason. Thomas Cole: Created romantic, soft paintings Nathaniel Hawthorne: Wrote the Scarlett Letter Emily Dickinson: “If I can stop one heart from breaking…” Poems were never published until after her death, cared for her ailing father

10 Romantics Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Paul Revere’s ride Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven “Once upon a midnight dreary, where I pondered, weak and weary”


12 Prison Reform 1841-A woman named Dorothea Dix agreed to teach Sunday school at jail She was horrified to see many prisoners were bound in chains and locked in ages  children accused of minor thefts were jailed with adult criminals Were conditions this bad everywhere???? Dix found that this was the case throughout Mass. Mentally Ill: locked in dirty cages, whipped, etc. Dix believed they needed care and treatment NOT punishment Campaigned for prison reform until she died  by 1887 state govt’s no longer put debtors in prison, outlawed cruel punishments She showed that reformers could lead society to make significant changes

13 What would life be like if there weren’t public schools? What advantages do you have being able to attend public school?

14 History of Education in America Beginnings: town school paid for by the communities A.Stress on the Bible B.Middle/Southern Colonies: Parents, private tutors C.12 colonies: few went beyond elementary school work was popular 2.Printing, blacksmith, farming

15 Ivy League Colleges A.1636-Harvard was the 1 st B.Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, University of Penn, Yale, Brown, Columbia C.Main focus was religions D.NO GIRLS ALLOWED!!

16 Immigration Cause: Immigration increased Effect: Better Education could make more productive workers & responsible citizens A. Teachers: Usually young men B. Textbooks: McGuffy’s reader, compiled by William Holmes McGuffy—an educator and Presbyterian minister—taught morals and social values

17 Horace Mann 1 st Secretary of Education in 1837 in Massachusetts A.Doubled school budget in Mass  spoke out on the need for public schools B.Increased teacher’s salaries C.Extended the school year D.Established the 1 st school for teacher training Why were these things important to him?

18 Women in Education A.Emma Willard: Women’s Troy Female Seminary—1 st college level institution for women B.Oberlin: 1837—1 st co-ed college in America

19 African American Schools A.Irregular Education 1.Allowed not just girls, but all African American Students 2.HBCU-Historically Black College and University a. Howard, Tuskegee, Clark, Morehouse

20 The Movement to end Slavery How can a land of the free still allow slavery? By the 1830s many people were asking this question  Abolitionist: a person who supports the ending of slavery Struggle begins: – Some opposition since the Revolutionary war, Quakers stopped owing in 1776, 1796 every state as south as VA had anti-slavery societies. Congress passed a law ending slave trade in 1808  still accepted in the North

21 How to End? Abolitionists wanted to end slavery, but disagreed how to end it!!! – Revolt – Peaceful – Give slaveholders time to develop farming methods Blacks & Whites were a part of the movement William Lloyd Garrison (white man)-started an abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator – Demanded the immediate freeing of all slaves – Angry proslavery groups destroyed his press and burned his house

22 Frederick Douglass An escaped slave Became the leader in the abolition movement His autobiography was published in 1845 and was an instant best seller Brilliant-started his own newspaper – North Star Through his writings and speeches, he waged a fierce campaign against slavery

23 Women get Involved Many women were inspired by religious movements to become involved in abolition – Faced Violence Grimke sisters: raised in the south by a slaveholding family – Went north and became Quakers – Spoke about the poverty and pain of slavery – Spoke to large crowds of men and women and paved the way for other women to speak in public Sojourner Truth: Former slave – Strongly spiritual – An outstanding speaker who was inspired by Douglass and Garrison – Felt God would end slavery peacefully Minority, but efforts and violence helped change Northerners attitudes about slavery  paved the way for Women’s rights

24 Equal Rights for Women Why were women abolitionists is a strange position? Movement begins: Friendship b/w Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1840-Anti-Slavery Convention in London – Women weren’t allowed to speak  sat in the back behind a curtain – Came from 2 different backgrounds: Mott: 47 y/o mother of 4, active reformer Stanton: 25, newly married, never spoken in public, saw there were no laws protecting women from their husbands, attended 1 st all women’s high school The women agreed something needed to be done about the injustices suffered by women

25 Unequal Treatment Could not speak in public Suffer taxation w/o representation Rejected by medical schools and not given job opportunities To overcome obstacles women had to work together  Seneca Falls Convention – 8 years after Mott and Stanton met – July 19, 1848 300 people including 40 men arrived at the convention (abolitionists, Quakers, other reformers, local housewives farmers, and factory workers) Modeled a proposal for women’s rights

26 Declaration of Sentiments Modeled after the D. O. I “we hold these truths to be self evident that all men and women are created equal” Listed acts of tyranny of men over women Stanton’s presentation of the Declaration was her 1 st speech Debate over voting rights  convention corrected injustices and Stanton proposed that women DEMAND THE RIGHT TO VOTE! – Received support form Frederick Douglass – Convention voted to approve the resolution

27 Legacy of Convention Created an organized campaign for women’s rights Sojourner Truth became a prominent figure in the movement Susan B Anthony became an advocate and gave memorable speeches (written by Stanton) NY gave women the right to control property and wages, MA passed liberal divorce laws One woman from the convention lived to vote for a president legally: Charlotte Woodward – 19 th Amendment in 1920

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