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Reform movements are a key characteristic in the antebellum period. Many groups sought to reform and uplift society in many ways, with many ideals in mind. Most of the antebellum reform movements reflected primarily democratic ideals. This was true through the many democratic based reforms between 1825 and 1850. One powerful and widespread movement in early America is the fight for women's rights. This view of the women's role was very similar to that of black slaves. Taken more serious was that of religion, which sprouted into utopia societies. Another illustration displayed the affects of alcohol, which caused man's drunkenness, and its affect on others. Three major reform movements that broadened our democratic ideals were better known as the women's suffrage movement, demon rum, and the religion revitalization. These movements brought with them some extraordinary people with some rather revolutionary ideas. Religious movements, led by the Second Great Awakening, caused the formation of many groups who believed that a strict interpretation of religion would bring the most beneficial changes to the nation. They believed that reform in the Church would bring changes in the congregation. The obvious example is the American born Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Another example of religious pioneers who worked to promote democratic ideals were the Shakers, started by Mother Ann Lee. People found comfort in knowing that regardless of the background God would take care of them and that God decided and blessed the life of each and every person. In the early eighteen hundreds religion was still a big part of a lot of people's lives, but it in no way played as big a role as in the days of the Puritans. Many Americans, including Jefferson and Franklin, began to follow Deism. Deists relied on reason rather than revelations. They did not believe in the three forms of God, but rather that God existed as one person. The Second Great Awakening had risen and it...
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