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19th Century American Women

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During the nineteenth century remarkable benevolent and social movements, such as the antislavery, suffrage and temperance movement, were merely organized and promoted by women and impacted American families, and their religion. Hence, through history female religious activism in America can be separated in four periods. Since the Great Awakening, which started in 1797, and the revivals women were as prominent during the revivals as men, however were not provided with recognition or the right to lead the events. Starting in 1797 women played an important role in (synonym for fostering) revivals and within evangelism during the Second Great Awakening which ended in 1840, thus, the female reforms were not independent. This independency of women…show more content…
Furthermore, I will describe and assert the shift within families’ command structures, based on changes in America’s economic, which presented women with new liabilities and increased influences. Those changes enabled women with the opportunities to challenge their submissive role within their homes and families, but also the clerical hierarchy. Benefiting from revivals and the benevolence activism a negotiation on the role of women began, which climaxed in protests, where I use the Woman’s Crusade of 1873 to 1874, in order to exemplify the discrepancy women were caught in. Therefore, I will amplify the problematics, women were facing due to misuse of distilled liquor, which were rooted in the woman’s personal reasons, but also the incongruity with their religious believes. Further, I will try to explain the success of the woman’s crusade, which is partially rooted in a abandoning of female gender roles. The challenging of the male monopoly led to a redistribution of power among the sexes and a dichotomy regarding the role of women. This oppugnancy is based on the negotiations of women’s rights within society and church versus traditional evangelical values. Therefore I will claim that the evangelical women’s endeavors regarding female independency is rooted within benevolence activism, such as the woman’s crusade, which challenged the traditional evangelical perception of a woman, and scrutinized the male monopoly, resulting within a dichotomy of womanhood between the role of a traditional female role and the first attempts on
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