Reform Movements: Part B Essay

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List several evils that the reformers of the period 1820-1860 tried to eliminate. Gender inequality and slavery were the two biggest evils that reformers tried eliminating in the time period. The abolition of slavery had many reformers behind it. Two very important men trying to achieve this were Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, a white man, going to show there was support from all types of people. Two of the women’s rights advocates were Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sarah Grimke. They both achieved great things to help out their cause. Although slavery and gender equality are arguably the most important evils in the time period there were still many other. One of these was alcohol. During the time period the Temperance…show more content…
Going along with this the reformers actually sort of worked together to achieve their goals. Many people were advocated for two or more of the movements and others at least agreed with or supported the other reformers. Something else that tied these people together was their use of nonviolence. Of course there are a few exceptions, but most of the reformers followed this principle. Lastly, all reformers sought after the common goal of ridding their lives of immorality. Everything the reformers wanted to get rid of was seen by them as immoral. All wanted a Utopian society.

Would you consider these individuals as idealists or practical reformers? I consider most of the abolitionists to be idealistic. Although it would be different on a case to case basis, this applies to the reformers in general. This is due to the fact that all of the reformers wanted to reach their goal then. In reality it would take many years to fully achieve what they wanted. There was no compromising with the reformers. They didn’t just want some reforming; they wanted corruption to be completely eradicated. This lack of compromise is what classifies the reformers as idealistic. That is the distinguishing feature between idealistic and practical reformers.

To what extent did these reformers achieve success in the period 1820-1860? During the time period, the reformers weren’t very
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