Antebellum Reforms: Women's Rights Movement

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Julia Berman DBQ 8: Antebellum Reforms During the antebellum period, many forces had motivated and inspired the effort to remake and reform the American society. The antebellum period refers to America before the civil war. This was a time of change, and change often leads to disagreement and problems. The unhappiness of the people lead to the force to try and change the way things are, in terms of the American society. Issues such as anti slavery, women's rights, and social reform movements had all contributed to the effort to rebuild American society. Unhappiness of the people and realization of how badly the government was structured, all lead to the reasoning for the reformation of the society. Since it was during the time…show more content…
The Declaration of Independence and a democratic government had inspired the women’s rights movement of this period. A belief that all men and women should be equal, along with inalienable rights given to people were reasons why they believed that if the government was unfair and corrupt, the people have the right to go against it, and make a change for the better. Inalienable rights are rights given to people that could not be taken away, and the treating of women to a lower status than men is a reason why the women's rights movement had begun. The women’s rights movement had strongly impacted the rebuilding of the civilization (Document 6). While believers had focused on the rights of people as a reason for the need of reformation, others had realized education had much to do with the need to reform society. Horace Mann, the most prominent educational reformer believed in public school reforms. He had believed that in order to keep a democratic society, Americans must be involved in school, through "the love of truth and…show more content…
From slavery, to women's rights, to schooling and educational issues, people took a stand and used their opinions and powers to impact and share their opinions with others. Throughout the documents, one can see how regardless of the issue, they stood with what the believed in. Each issue had reasoning why it was bad and harmful to the society, and each opposition to the issue helped change the society. Unequal treating to the women, slavery, and unfair laws had gone against the declaration and that needed change, for the better. The forces of people's ideas had motivated and inspired the effort to remake, rebuild, and reform American society during this time period of the antebellum
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