Social Reform

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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…

It eventually succeeded in some its goals, although child and adult slavery and forced labor continue to be widespread to this day. The Second Great Awakening contributed in major ways with all of the movements that went on during this period. Even though it may be in a small way, it worked out in the end in a huge way! Industrialization, in many ways, helped develop social reform. The lack of a large industry sector is widely seen as a major handicap in a country's economy, pushing many governments to encourage or enforce industrialization through artificial means. It helped the economy develop from a bad economy with hardly any money coming in to a good economy with lots of money coming in. It also led to many people getting jobs because of all the factories that were springing up all over the United States. It led to people being financially sound and being able to support themselves no matter where they lived. Many Americans wanted to reduce poverty, improve the living conditions of the poor, and regulate big business. It led people to become better workers and led to many great economic inventions that changed the world forever. This led to a era called the Progressive Era. Early reform efforts included movements to organize laborers and farmers. In 1886, laborers formed the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Which now is called the American Federation of Labor-Congress of


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