US History Ms. Brosnan Chapter 8: Reforming American Society: 1800-1850 Essential Questions: How do you make a society better? What do you have to do to make it happen? What social issues did Americans have in our early nation? What were the key values and beliefs that guided 19 th century reformers actions? What social issues do we have in America today? How should they be addressed? When should we stop reforming? Why? This is a list of topics with some suggested items to include: 1. Second Great Awakening – Chapter 8 Section 1- revivalism, African American churches 2. Transcendentalism- Chapter 8 Section 1- Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, Unitarianism, Margaret Fuller 3. Ideal/Utopian Communities- Chapter 8 Section 1- New Harmony, Brook Farm, Shakers 4. Public Education- Chapter 8 Section 1- compulsory attendance, how schools were organized and paid for 5. Prisons and Asylums- Chapter 8 Section 1- punishment vs. rehabilitation, mentally ill prisoners, debtors prison 6. Abolition- Chapter 8 Section 2- William Lloyd Garrison, abolition, emancipation, equality 7. Life Under Slavery- Chapter 8 Section 2- rural vs. urban slavery, slave rebellions 8. Defense of Slavery- Chapter 8 Section 2- reactions to slave rebellions, proslavery arguments 9. Role of Women- Chapter 8 Section 3- cult of domesticity, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, Lucretia Mott 10. Temperance- Chapter 8 Section 3- uses and abuses of alcohol, Lyman Beecher 11. Women’s Education- Chapter 8 Section 3- Emma Willard, Mary Lyon, Prudence Crandall 12. Health Reform- Chapter 8 Section 3- Elizabeth Blackwell, Catherine Beecher, Amelia Bloomer 13. Women’s Suffrage- Chapter 8 Section 3- Seneca Falls Convention, Declaration of Sentiments, Sojourner Truth 14. Women’s Work From the Farm to the Factory - Chapter 8 Section 4- cottage
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