Reform movements in 19th century

             Slavery was a part of the American lifestyle in the beginning of the 19th century. It had been part of America since the beginning of the presidents and continued to grow with each passing decade. During the “slave era” of America, democracy was also beginning to bloom as it created a better government with the help of each president and their presidencies. Slavery died down during the late 18th century, but with Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin, slavery soon grew to enormous heights. Extremists against slavery, called abolitionists, started to incite a reform movement in the hopes of abolishing slavery. The abolition movement is credited for also creating the women’s rights reform. As slave reform came about, women started to notice that the female half of the country was just as bad off as the slaves were, if not worse in some ways. The early 19th century reform movements for abolition of slavery and women’s rights illustrated a strong democracy in America because the people, led by a few extraordinary leaders, were now speaking up for what they believed was right. The reform movements illustrated a weak democracy in America because of the political regard (or disregard) towards the issues.
             The strengths of the reform movements show up clearly in the leadership and incredible convention/lecture gatherings of the reforms. The earliest abolitionists of America were the Quakers, who disliked any slavery in any form or name. Abolitionist sentiments flared up again as the Second Great Awakening came about. Many famous abolitionists of the North, such as William Lloyd Garrison, the Beecher family, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and many other abolitionists helped bring about the reform of the most fragile issue of the times. William Lloyd Garrison, one of the most famous abolitionists, created the antislavery newspaper The Liberator, which triggered a word war with the South. Garrison and many other abolitionist...

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