Essay about Social Reform

1330 WordsMar 30, 20086 Pages
Many things can contribute to the rise of social reform in the 1800's. Many scholars such Ralph Waldo Emerson or Edgar Allen Poe, helped lead the reform era. But the most some of the most important ideas that encouraged social reform was the Second Great Awakening, Industrialization, and nostalgia. All three played a very important role and had key people who helped jump start a era of reformation. People knew that it was time for a change and they knew they had to do something about it. Thats when the Second Great Awakening came to a boil. Led by people such as Charles Grandison Finney, Peter Cartwright, and Lyman Beecher, the Second Great Awakening really did “awaken” the people of the United States to start getting back into…show more content…
The Maine Law ,passed in 1851 in Maine, was one of the first statutory implementations of the developing temperance movement in the United States. It was put in by temperance activist Neal Dow. The passage of the law, which prohibited the sale of all alcoholic beverages except for "medicinal, mechanical or manufacturing purposes," quickly spread elsewhere, and by 1855 twelve states had joined Maine in total prohibition. Those states that had passed the law were known as the “dry” states. Those that had not passed the law were known as “wet” states. The Second Great Awakening also led to a womans rights reformation. The womans rights reformation was directed towards getting woman freedoms inherently possessed by women and girls of all ages, which may be institutionalized, ignored or suppressed by law, custom, and behavior in a particular society. Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to vote; to hold public office; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to own property; to education; to serve in the military; to enter into legal contracts; and to have marital, parental and religious rights. One of these rights sparked womans suffrage which aimed at getting woman the right to vote. The Second Great awakening first led woman to be Christian, which in turn, led them to start establishing themselves rights. Including the right to vote. Another major
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