Second Great Awakening Dbq Analysis

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After the Industrial Revolution, the United States reverted back to religion to re-stabilize their people. This second revival of religion was coined the Second Great Awakening. During this time period, many beliefs, ideas, and reactions were formed, that later evolved into activism and change. Between the years 1825 and 1850, reform movements in the United States amplified democracy through the ideas the Second Great Awakening brought forth, such as feminism, temperance, abolitionism, the reformation of the penitentiary system, and the advocation of public education.
In the Seneca Falls Declaration, Elizabeth Cady Stanton challenged the government’s claim that everyone is equal with the fact that women are forced to support that government without being represented (Doc. I). Demanding women’s rights from a regime preaching equal rights is therefore a contradiction. Also attending the Seneca Falls Convention was Lucretia Mott, both her and Stanton being organizers of the entire convention. These efforts successfully led history into the First Wave of Feminism, along with the help of other Feminists such as Lucy
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In the fourth annual report for the reformation of juvenile delinquents in New York, it argues how allowing the innocent youth to be in prisons does not let them do their ‘civil duty’, but instead corrupts them, since they are influenced by the real criminals within (Doc. A). People like Dorothea Dix, Francis Lieber, and Samuel Gridley Howe all also supported penitentiary reform for the youth and adults. Some reforms they fought for were those such as the separation of sexes and ages (children and adults), and the decrease of violence. The attempt of protecting human rights is, nevertheless, a democratic ideal. Despite the several sane reasoning behind this, it did not gain as much approval as the feminist movement or