The Age Of Jackson Is Wrong

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I knew from the moment I woke up that something was wrong. Well, not exactly wrong, but something was definitely off. Usually, I’d wake up early in the morning to the sound of my dad’s booming voice, complaining about how hard work was and how little money we managed to make a month. He’d be at the table, a bottle of alcohol in his hands instead of milk because it was cheaper, starting his day off with his daily shouting at Mom before going to the office as one of the men who worked as a government official. Instead of the routine I’m used to, I’m greeted by my parents sitting across from each other, soft voices talking about “social reform” and becoming better people. I admit that ever since the Age of Jackson started, they were acting a…show more content…
The Temperance Movement, the effort to end alcohol abuse, explained why my dad wasn’t seen with a bottle that morning. “Mothers and daughters need to have a heart to heart talk once in a while,” she said, before sliding me something to eat. I vaguely wondered if becoming part of the reformers meant turning insane because the only time I ever talked to my mom one on one was the time I didn’t want to help her with the housework. We sat down for a long time and she began to rant to me about how hard it was to be a woman since they were limited to only chores at home. Once I decided that I had enough of democratic things that I barely understood, I bid my mom farewell and headed off to school. It was a small, one-classroom school, which perfectly fit my small hometown in Massachusetts. Mrs. Dix, Dorothea Dix, was the teacher there. My classmates and I all liked her because we knew she was genuinely nice. She truly strived for better lives for everyone, so it didn 't surprise me when I came into class and she began to tell all of us about reformers and her journey of slowly becoming one. I dozed off as she informed the class about reformers, only because hearing the same thing a second time was quite boring. I eventually did start paying attention after Mrs. Dix started telling us about the concept of public schools. I was happy to hear that
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