This is a 28 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on the Era of Social Reform. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
In the second quarter of the 19th century Americans built a number of institutions and social movements dedicated to improving the morals of individuals and of society in general. The most prominent reformers were Northern, middle–class Whigs who had been influenced by evangelical revivals in the 1820s and 1830s.
Those revivals taught an ethic of improvement: Sin and disorder, they said, were not inevitable results of Adam’s fall as described in the Bible. They were the results of bad choices made by free and morally accountable men and women.
Beginning in the 1820s, these middle–class evangelicals proposed reforms that would teach Americans to make good moral choices and thus, one individual at a time, improve society and perhaps make it perfect.
The most pervasive result of these movements was a system of tax–supported public schools. They proposed public school systems that were centralized at the state level and that made attendance mandatory. Among Whig reformers, the goal of public schools was to build character in individual students. Ultimately, reformers wished to make a perfect society by filling it with perfect individuals.
Although not creating a society that produced these perfect individuals, the reformers did have a profound impact on societies schools, hospitals, prisons, temperance, women’s rights and slavery to name only a few.
The presentation covers the following:
Local School Systems
Prisons & Hospitals (2)
Washington Temperance Society
Radical Religious Reform (3)
Seneca Falls Convention
Abolition of Slavery
American Anti-Slavery Society
Abolitionist Base of Support
Northern Free Blacks
Petition to Congress
Congressional Gag Rule
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