Reform movements in the United States sought to expand democratic ideals. Assess the validity of this statement with specific reference to the years 1825-1850.
Even though all reform movements from 1825-1850 did not directly promote democratic principles, several reform movements occurred which did attempt to create a better life for people, create a more democratic society through education, and extend civil rights to minority groups. The reform movement began with the Second Great Awakening. The Second Great Awakening was caused by people falling away from the faith and moving more towards Deism and Unitarianism. Deism became popular because the beliefs of Deism said that there was a supreme being who created the universe and people who could act morally. Deism also believed that all God did was create the universe and the people and didn't interfere with the peoples ever day life, like a clock worker. Unitarianism believed in one God and that there was no trinity. Unitarianism also believed that god is benevolent and bot angry. Preachers like Peter Cartwright, who was best known of the circuit preachers, and Charles Grandson Finney, who called for the end of slavery and alcohol, also contributed to the Second Great Awakening.
Reforms that attempted to create a better life for people were the temperance reform, the abolition reform, and the prison reform. The temperance reform became a reform because drunkenness became out of hand. People were getting drunk at weddings and at funerals and even fell into the grave if they were too drunk. The drunkenness resulted in families suffering from domestic violence and poverty. The overly drunkenness led to the American Temperance Society being formed and the Cold Water Army being formed for children to participate. Neal S. Dow became the father of prohibition by sponsoring the Maine law which prohibited alcohol sales....
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