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Unformatted text preview: Antebellum Reform I. Introduction A. Included temperance, prison reforms, peace, labor, poverty, respect for Sabbath, distribution of bibles, etc B. Technological advancements gave the masses that actual change could be made to improve life II. Ideological Origins of the Reform Spir- it A. Faith in Human Progress 1. Enormous optimism that all people could realize their full potential 2. People could alter human nature and the human environment 3. Transcendentalists: believed everyone contained a spark of the divine, but were blind to this -- goal was to remove those blinders and have everyone act morally (like they were intended to) 4. Evangelicals believed they could change the quality of their own lives and so they could affect the quality of other people’s lives B. Feeling of Responsibility 1. Every individual had the responsibility to aid people in reaching their full potential 2. Ideological sources: a) 18th century enlightenment: emphasis on the value of treating people in a benevolent fashion...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course HI 151 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '10 term at BU.
- Fall '10