Chapter 9 - Religion and Reform, 1815-1855

Summary

The young republic sped through rapid social change in the early 1800s—change that brought not only new benefits but also new regional and cultural tensions. A growing and dynamic reform movement urged Americans to seek both personal and social improvements, shaping society and the nation for generations to come.
 

Chapter Outline

Section 1: Reforming Society

Revivalists and transcendentalists urged Americans to improve themselves and society. Reformers set out to battle social problems such as alcoholism, poor education, and inhumane prisons.

Section 1: Writing an Essay: The Temperance Movement

Using the links below, examine documents and sources from the temperance movement of the early 1800s. Based on your research, write an essay evaluating the factors that helped the movement grow and the challenges the movement faced.
Papers of Stanton and Anthony
Ardent Spirits

Section 2: Recreating History: The Underground Railroad

Using the links below, find out what escaping slaves took with them on the Underground Railroad. Then, prepare a list of items you would have taken on that journey. Remember, you could only take what you could carry for long distances.
National Geographic: The Underground Railroad
Kentucky's Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad in Canada

Section 3: Writing an Editorial: Declaration of Sentiments

Using the links below, read and research the Declaration of Sentiments from the Seneca Falls Convention. With the information you have gathered, write a newspaper editorial that might have appeared after the convention, responding to the demands of the signatories.
Votes for Women
The Seneca Falls Convention, July 19–20, 1848
The Seneca Falls Convention
The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
PBS Online: Not for Ourselves Alone

Section 4: Recreating History: The Potato Famine

Using the links below, examine firsthand accounts and other historic documents about the Irish fleeing the potato famine during the 1840s. Based on your research, write an authentic diary entry from the viewpoint of an Irish emigrant.
The National Archives of Ireland: The Great Famine 1845–1850
Views of the Famine
History of the Irish Famine
The Potato: Then and Now

 

 

 
 
 
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