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Influence of Second Great Awakening on the Antebellum Issues

Second Great Awakening was a religious movement of late 18th century and lasted until the middle of the 19th century in United States. Eventhough the awakening spread to all parts of America, it was concentrated on the Northwest and Midwest. The awakening created among the people a heart for social reform. The awakening resulted in the emphasis on education. One example was that George Whitefield, the preacher of the day founded the University of Pennsylvania and University of North Carolina. There was an expansion of public schools from 1820-50. The middle class reformers saw education as a means to inculcate values in the life of children. The religious fervor helped them to denounce slavery as sinful. The northerners who were mostly influenced by the Second Awakening took tough stand against the slave holders of the south. The women also demanded voting rights. The women rights became loud at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 led by Elizabeth Caddy Stanton. The traditional male dominated family was replaced with co-operative family, where husband and wife were functioned as partners. The temperance movement functioned along with the women rights. The National Temperance Union demanded a ban on alcohol as it was detrimental to the stability of the family. Another notable result of the awakening was the growth of trade. The frequent camp meetings were not only religious in nature but also social. These social gathering helped the people who lived in the frontier to hear God's word and also conduct trade relations with other people. These trade relations had greatly benefited the rural families.

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Second Great Awakening was a religious movement of late 18th century and lasted until the middle of the 19th century in United States. Eventhough the awakening spread to all parts of America, it was concentrated on the Northwest and Midwest. The awakening created among the people a heart for social reform. The awakening resulted in the emphasis on education. One example was that George Whitefield, the ...

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This is a solution about the influence of the Second Great Awakening on the antebellum issues. It explains about how the awakening influenced issues like public education, temperance, women's suffrage, abolition, and commericailisation

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