Reform Movements

Topics: Slavery in the United States, William Lloyd Garrison, Abolitionism Pages: 2 (712 words) Published: March 9, 2014

Mr. Hammond
Q2 Essay2
Reform Movements
Democratic ideals are either personal qualities or standards of government behavior that are felt to be essential to the continuation of a democratic policy. Democratic ideals led to Reform movements from 1825 to 1850 such as the 2nd great awakening and the change of views on slavery. The 2nd great awakening was the central of the rest of the reform movements and there were three steps to trying to abolish slavery.

One of the steps to removing slavery was when the people wanted to free the slaves and send them back to Africa. It didn't work because the citizens that have slaves didn't want to get rid of them because they just spent all their money on them and don't want to give them right back. Some slaves still ended up getting freed and went up north because all of the free states were northern. Another step was when abolitionists started to demand immediate end to slavery. Someone who wanted to end slavery was David Walker, he made an appeal to the colored citizens of the country. He pretty much told the slaves to revolt against their owners and fight for their freedom. Another man who was against slavery was William Lloyd Garrison, he pretty much said the same thing as David Walker but in more of a less threatening tone, his nickname was the liberator. There was something called the three pronged attack, first was that freeing slaves appealed to religious people because it was against the religious law to be salve owner. In 1835 abolitionists started a petition to end slavery and it had different reactions. Something that came up was the gag rule. The gag rule made it so that there could be no public discussion of anything in particular. So basically they were not aloud to have a petition saying that they wanted to get rid of slavery. The last “prong” was slaves escaping their owners. Some escaped by ship that took them up north, some followed the north star, while others took the...
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