They want god in the constitution o one of the most

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They want God in the constitution. o One of the most popular religious reform movements was created by women. Women’s temperance movement. ½ a million members. Trying to get rid of saloons. People in saloons should be: with their families, spending their money on other things, if they drink too much they may not show up to work. o They end up passing an act where local governments can vote if they want to ban alcohol. But the problem is, women cannot vote. So they must persuade the men of the town to vote against alcohol. o Anthony Comstock- The New York Society for the suppression of Vice. Against pornography. Very successful. They petition laws that are against porn. Congress passes a law that bans material that excites lust from the
mail. But who decides what should be banned. So the appoint Comstock as the post master- he destroys medical text books, pictures, drawing, books about abortion, books about birth control. o Comstock then starts a movement to banned gambling. It’s called The Louisiana Lottery. They try to legitimize it by having army generals draw the winning ticket. They were sending out tickets through the mail. There was a weekly and monthly drawing. C. Knights of labor o Very different than all the unions that came before it. o This union came up in the 1880’s. o Initially they were they were a secret society, because they could be fired. o They want to remedy the unfair wages and hours of the workers. o Worker Cooperatives- they want workers to own the factory and they will share the profit. They want to cut out the non-workers. Get rid of the owners and the managers. This idea goes nowhere. o They begin the have people run for offices on the Knights of labor ticket. They want them to pass laws that: end child labor, allow equal pay for women and men, implement the 8 hour day. It is easy to get them elected but it is hard to get the laws passed. o D. Farmers’ alliance o Farmers are not doing well. Crop prices are down. They don’t understand why the prices are fluctuating. o The start the Farmers Alliance. Initially they hold meetings so that they can discuss their problems (mainly how to prevent getting into debt). Several million farmers join the alliance. o Their initial solution is to form cooperatives. They all pull their crops together and sell them at the same price. This does not work very well because most people don’t corporate. Then they decide to get together to buy thing (bulk) because it would be cheaper. None of this works very well. o Sub-Treasury. Very simple. They want the federal government to set up a warehouse (in every parish our county) for farmers to go there at harvest time and deposit there crop. The government then gives you a low interest loan (80% of the value of your crop). Then you have a year to pay them back. Then you can sell the crop later. They want to be able to sell their crop when it’s at their highest amount. Why do they want to do this? Because before people all harvested and sold their crops at the same time. So the price would drop. But they could not get politicians interested in

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