Sarah Benton CWR Midterm

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Sarah Benton CWR Midterm #3 4/13/09 The Antebellum period influenced women in a very positive way. Before, during, and after the War, women experienced a newfound freedom and more responsibilities outside the home. In the Antebellum period, most women became involved in this trend by becoming involved in various reform movements throughout the country, including feminism, abolition and other “-isms”. The impending industrial revolution also allowed more women to seek work outside the home and become breadwinners, effectively freeing them within their own family. The idea that women were gentle souls who existed solely to please and serve their families within the home was being thrown away, and replaced with the idea that women could be hardworking, intelligent and savvy businesspeople. The introduction of reform movements allowed another outlet for women, especially those of the upper-middle class. These women were of too high a social class to seek work in a factory or mill, but like other women of
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