DBQ- Reform, Democratic ideals

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1825-1850 was a time of major reform in education, crime prevention, slavery, religion, women’s rights, industrialization, and public schooling, all a part of the revivalistic movement. These did seek to expand democratic ideals, as these movements reflected liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness, which all lies in the American declaration of independence. Crime prevention was a reform during this period, brutal and harsh punishments were reduced, petty crimes and punishments such as being debt were almost eliminated as laborers entered state legislators. At this time they had an idea to not only punish but reform criminals, therefore adopting the penitentiary system mentioned in Document A. Not only did they sought to prevent future crimes by ‘seeking out the youthful and unprotected’. This document contains indications of moral and religious implications. Relating to document E Continue...

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The document talks about hard work and a virtuous child this reflects education reforms at that time that not only emphasized an improved education but also emphasized on morals and rationalism, which McGuffey preached. ' As democratic ideals are based on Christian implications that all men are entitled to liberty, justice, equality and the pursuit of happiness, therefore because of the connections between religion and the reforms, that the reforms between 1825-1850 sought to expand democratic ideals. All this relates to the pursuit of happiness which thus relates to democratic ideals. whereas the youth had been industrialized and educated with morals. The Brook Farm Association resembled modern day communism, this utopia was an escape from the economic troubles at that time. Document C can be read in many ways as an anti-slavery, women's right and family engrowing. The abolition of slavery was a reform effort, when emphasizing human rights and equality, which were all Democratic Ideals, slavery was an issue that could not be ignored, this was when north pictured themselves as virtuous compared to south where they were shown as evil. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a advocate in the women's rights movement, she demanded equality in marriage, courts and work places. Document H is a great example of this, which depicts the social and economic costs of drinking. Utopian societies at that time emphasized on support, cooperation, spiritual progress and industrialization. Therefore the attempt to reduce alcohol intake reflected democratic ideals as it improved the lives of individuals and the individuals families, therefore promoting the pursuit of happiness. Reforms also emphasized on stable hard working families which is clearly shown in Documents E,C and H. But this new 'social and industrial order' was just a petty attempt to leave the past and what the country is based upon, as argued by Brownson. A less known reform was women's rights reform where in Document I talked about women suffrage, this document modeled the Declaration of Independence, this same document the Declaration of Independence is used in the anti-slavery movement.