AP United States History Vocabulary list:
1. second great awakening. men like finney running around preaching christianity. they are great orators and as a result, people feel like they are worth something.
2. communal experiments. numerous groups rose up in attempts to create a utopian society. although they all basically failed in one way or another, it increased Americans' confidence that they could change the world and make it a better place. Some communal experiments included the shakers, who were, quite frankly, retarded because they were against sex and relied on converting people to expand their beliefs. they concentrated on expelling sin from ones body (they "shook" sin out from their fingers lol, hence their name). because of the shakers' anti-sex stance, there are only 4 shakers left today. ROFL!!!! also, there was new lanark which i believe was similar to the ideas of marx and of course the mormons who were polygamists and were persecuted for their polygamist beliefs so they ran away to utah. they were led by josseph smith and brigham young. there were many other communal experiemtns too lol
3. campaign for urban workers. obviously, this helped the common worker because labor unions formed, strikes were able to form, shorter work day, and better wages
4. temperance, abolition, and women's suffrage. the three biggest reform movements of the jacksonian era. they are all grouped together because many women like cady stanton and susan b anthony and lucretia mott were also involved in aboliton (sara grimke made lots of anti-slavery talks) and temperance (susan b anthony started "daughters of temperance" and in giving women the vote (anthony led some women to the polls to "vote' but they were arrested." there's a lot about these reform movements
5. transcendentalism. another big one. basically, thoreau and emerson and some other people began formulating ideas about a more perfect society. for example, thoreau wrote "civil disobedience"...