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Title: Social Movements of the 19th Century

Social Movements of the 19th Century
  • By 7th Period AP US

Utopian Communities
  • Jay Dasigi, Nick Reidich, Jessica Helms

The Shakers
  • Over 100 ideal communities developed between
    1800 and 1900
  • The United Society of Believers in Christs
    Second Appearing
  • Believed religious fervor to be inspiration from
    the Holy Ghost
  • Leader Ann Lee arrived in New York in 1774 with 8
  • Had strange fits in which they saw visions and
    prophesied ( later involved into a ritual dance
    and became known as the Shakers)
  • God had a duel personality
  • Masculine side was exhibited in Christ
  • Feminine side was exhibited in Mother Ann
  • New Lebanon, New York
  • Property was held in common
  • Farms were leading sources of
  • garden seed and medicinal herbs
  • Prized manufacturing i.e. clothing,
  • household items, and furniture
  • Emphasized equality of labor and
  • reward. Members also had the
  • freedom to leave at will.
  • By 1830, they had approximately 20
  • groups

Oneida Community
  • Founded by John Humphrey Noyes
  • Educated at Dartmouth and Yale Divinity School
  • Claimed that with true conversion came perfection
    and complete release from sin.
  • Announced a doctrine of complex marriage
  • Every man in a community was married to every
    woman and vise versa.
  • Arrested after practicing
  • his free love theology
  • Fled to New York in
  • 1848 and established
  • the Oneida
  • Community.
  • Eventually moved to Canada
  • to avoid persecution for
  • adultery.
  • The Oneida Community made a
  • living off of farming and logging
  • until the mid-1850s, when it lived
  • off of steel animal traps, silk,
  • canned fruit, and silver spoons.

New Harmony and Brook Farm
  • Robert Owen founded New Harmony, a secular
  • community
  • Model factory town, supported labor legislation,
  • pamphlet A New View of Society
  • Owen bough Harmony, Indiana and quickly turned it
  • over to the colonist
  • After 2yrs the colony fell apart and Owen was
    forced to
  • dissolve it
  • Brook Farm in Mass. Was one of the most well
  • known utopian communities
  • Had the support of Ralph Waldo Emerson and
  • Nathanial Hawthorne
  • The community survived because of a school that
  • tuition from outside users
  • When the school building burned down the hopes of
  • community died to
  • Most utopian communities found their ends to
  • be very quick
  • Their ability to effect the outside world was

  • Emphasized thoughts that are beyond (transcend)
    reason broke out of traditional structure of
  • Focused on individual introspection and
  • Many transcendentalists stayed in solitude and
  • They were against societys conformity
  • Based on Romanticism focused more on the
    individual and intuition rather than rationalism
  • supported freedom, knowledge, and truth
  • Opposed strict religion
  • Some beliefs spawned from the Unitarian Church
  • Many also became involved with other social
    reforms such as womens rights and abolition

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Writer and philosopher
  • Leading transcendentalist
  • Supported going against society and culture to
    obtain personal goals (individualism)
  • Rejected the pressures of society
  • Was a member of the Unitarian church but then
    rejected many of its teachings
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Writer and philosopher
  • Leading transcendentalist
  • Two year simple living experiment on the
    outskirts of town next to Walden pond
  • Fascinated by nature
  • Importance of Civil Disobedience and his
    protest of the Mexican-American War

Transcendental Club
  • Center for the transcendental movement
  • Members included
  • Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
    Theodore Parker, George Ripley, James Freeman
    Clark, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Peabody,
    and others
  • Discussed problems culture and society, Harvard
    University and the Unitarian Church

Temperance Movement
  • The temperance movement called for the limit or
    prohibition of alcohol consumption.
  • It began in Ireland in the 1820s then spread
    throughout Europe and on to New York and
    Massachusetts in the early 1800s.
  • The Order of Good Templars (1851)
  • The Womens Christian Temperance Union (1874)
  • The Anti-Saloon League (1895)
  • Prominent leaders were Susan B. Anthony, Benjamin
    Rush, Frances E. Willard, Carry A. Nation,
    Abraham Lincoln, and Neal Dow

  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Pass legislation encouraging prohibition
  • Limit workers drinking because it was affecting
  • Would allow to reconnect with religious basis
    (limit immoral acts)
  • America needs virtuous citizens to survive.
  • Also an attack on immigrants and Catholics

Accomplishments/ Failures
  • 1838 Massachusetts limited sale to 15 gallons.
  • By 1855 13 states had such laws.
  • Increased smuggling.
  • Maine Law (1851)

Public Education
  • Davis Luna, Emily Hughes,
  • Josh Kahen, Claire Alexander

Public Education
  • Leaders
  • Horace Mann
  • Graduated from Brown University
  • Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of
  • Encouraged more schoolhouses, longer school
    terms, higher salaries for teachers, and an
    expanded curriculum
  • Promoted a tax based, public school program
  • Noah Webster
  • Educated at Yale
  • From Connecticut
  • Known as the Schoolmaster of the Republic
  • Created reading lessons that were widely used
    and promoted patriotism
  • Spent 20 years of his life creating his famous
    dictionary, which helped standardize language

Public Education
  • Create a state-sponsored school system that would
    offer education equally throughout America
    (though primarily found in the Northeast and Old
    Northwest, most southern states dont get public
    schools until Reconstruction!)
  • Give children of different backgrounds equal
    opportunities to learn
  • This would indirectly lead to less crime and
  • While in school, the children would also learn
    better manners
  • Thomas Jefferson- to diffuse knowledge
    throughout the mass of the people

Public Education
  • By the end of the 19th century, free public
    school education was available for all students
    at an elementary level
  • Gradually, states began enacting laws and forming
    departments of education to support public
  • The literacy rate in America was improved greatly
  • -By 1840 around 78 of the
  • population could read and write
  • More universities were established for the
    purpose of education rather than religion
  • It became more common for women to be educated

Prison Reform
  • Dorothea Dix
  • -emphasized idea of rehab treatment to restore
    sick imprisoned back to society
  • -1845-1852 , Dix persuaded southern states to
    have mental hospitals.
  • -Reported to the MA legislature that the states
    imprisoned insane people lived in horrible
    conditions with hordes of people, women, men,
    old, and young alike, crowded into cages,
    closets, stalls, and pens chained, wearing rags
    or nothing, and beaten and poorly fed.
  • -Recommended construction of special asylums
    where the insane could be humanly and properly
    controlled by trained attendants.

  • Prison reformers believed that a proper
    penitentiary could bring a hardened criminal back
    to virtue.
  • Reformers believed isolated time with the Bible
    would help a criminal reflect on his wrongdoings
    and decide to be good citizens.
  • New kind of institutions were formed-
  • --criminals have individual cells and a Bible.
    They will be provided with moral nurture so they
    can learn to be good, useful citizens.
  • --Americans were among the first in the world to
    have penitentiaries.
  • Dix lobbied ceaselessly for the construction of
    cleaner, healthier, and more hopeful kinds of
    institutions for those who could not care for

Why so special?
  • Prison reform shows the growing ideology that
    people are capable of becoming better people.
  • People believe that rather than focusing on
    punishment, the focus should be on prevention of
  • Dorothea Dix, the leader of the reform, was a
    Women. Womens right movements going on around

Yuv Malhotra, Zenas Han, Melissa Ogden
Abolition Organization/Leaders
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Editor of anti-slavery paper- established
  • Most radical abolitionist of time
  • Increased support for abolitionist movement
  • Founded New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1832
    and National American Anti-slavery society the
    next year
  • David Walker
  • Appealed to the Color Citizens of the World-
    1829advised African Americans to fight for
  • Urged slave to take freedom by force
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Born into slavery in1817
  • Garrison sponsored Douglass as a lecturer to
    American Anti-slavery society
  • Broke ties with Garrison to achieve abolitionism
    without violence
  • Others
  • Sojourner Truth (Anti-Slavery/Womens Rights
  • Harriet Tubman (Black Moses)
  • American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Liberia (West Africa)

  • End Slavery
  • Convince people slavery was a horrendous crime
  • Blacks should have equal rights

  • Slave owners unhappy--gt use bible to defend
  • Veseys Plan (1822)
  • Nat Turners Rebellion (1831)
  • Gag Rule--gt limited talk on slavery
  • Gradual Abolitionism
  • Virginia Debate--gt Governor John Floyd- debate
    over future of slavery

People of the Womens Rights Movement
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Gave around 100 speeches on womens rights a year
    for 45 years
  • Originally a part of the abolitionist and
    temperance movements
  • Published The Revolution
  • Arrested in 1872 for illegally voting in an
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Quaker teacher who was inspired to campaign for
    womens rights
  • Co- founded the Pennsylvania Anti- Slavery
    Society and the Seneca Falls Convention
  • Important female figures at the World
    Anti-Slavery Convention
  • Opposed charges in divorce laws (more
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Co-organized the Seneca Falls convention
  • Wrote The Declaration of Sentiments
  • Abolitionist and supporter of temperance movement
  • Sought end to feme corvere where a husband took
    control of his wife's property upon marriage.

The Seneca Falls Convention
  • July 19-20, 1848
  • Viewed nationally as the beginning of the
    struggles to make women equal with men
  • Inspired other women to fight for womens rights,
    such as Stantons Declaration of Sentiment
  • Was the first time both men and women congregate
    together to fight for womens rights
  • Inspired by the new male economic opportunities
    that came about from the Industrial Revolution

Accomplishments and Connections
  • The womens reform movement split from the
    antislavery movement over whether women were
    allowed to participate
  • Most males agreed that women should not be
    allowed to take part in the antislavery movement
  • The womens reform movement had leaders that were
    also involved in the antislavery movement and
    education reform, i.e. Catharine Beecher
  • The campaign for equal voting, legal, and
    property rights for women, continued until the
  • Womens rights leaders carried on programs of
    lecturing, organizing, and petitioning
  • Its success came from the women that refused to
    let their odds control their life
  • The womens reform movement allowed for some
    political and social rights for women, but most
    of their rights will come later in the 20 th
  • In the 1850s this movement was overlooked by the
    more important issue of slavery.
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