questioning morality

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QUESTIONING MORALITY IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA CHANGES IN MORALS During this period, the struggle against these morals becomes more public, For example, when dating, people usually lived a good distance from each other so when a young man rode a horse to a girl’s house to visit, If he stayed too long, would have to spend the night, He can sleep in the daughter’s bed, but have bundling, Wrap him in a blanket and sew it up like a sleeping bag and tightly around his neck Most of this side is a struggle against the suppression of the "dangerous new lifestyles in the cities" young ppl are moving to the cities and going to be unsupervised…… this is a change from before Always have been moving to the cities, different now In the years prior to the early 1820s, most young men in the cities are apprentices (learned a trade while living with their employer) keep safe from city life gambling, drinking, prostitutes Have a parental structure with their master That's expensive - also city economy is changing, moving from small production to merchants and factories boys are going to be moving off on their own, living among other young men in boarding houses, very little supervision; --HALL OF SCIENCE
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In 1829 Frances Wright, of Nashoba, along with Robert Dale Owen (son of New Harmony guy) opened the Hall of Science in NYC - taught classes on sexuality and distributed information about birth control this was met with all kinds of opposition, you can’t talk about sex in public!!!!!!! the lectures were so popular the lines extended into the streets, later Wright and Owen plan to open similar Halls in large cities throughout the US Hall of Science located directly across street from the Tract House of the New York Tract Society (distributed religious materials) The Tractarians argued that birth control dangerous because removed the fear of pregnancy, printed free pamphlets and gave to people in line The "free thinkers" (as they were called) responded with their own pamphlets, Rural women found info on birth control usually from female family members and friends, when they move to city, don’t have those connections, so have to find different sources for info Reverend Lyman Beecher says that Owen and Wright are out to destroy the family, promote atheism, and the "temptations of the devil" Thomas Paine (of Common Sense fame) is a hero of the "free thinkers" and challenges the religious arguments of the moralists MORAL GUIDE BOOKS Emergence of guides for parents and young men on city life warning them of the dangers lurking there to corrupt them.
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Scared parents, but sounds fun to many of these young men. Plentiful alcohol, gambling, friendly ladies.
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