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Republicanism, The Second Great Awakening and Antebellum Reform Movements

  • Republicanism permeated all aspects of U.S. social life, such as in marriage and in motherhood.
  • The concept of republican motherhood is the idea that women had civic duty to help evolve culture of the new nation: to prepare children to be virtuous republican citizens.
  • Republicanism movement energized Protestant churches & helped fuel many important social reform movements including abolitionism.
  • The Antislavery movement grew throughout the 1800s: the creation of the American Colonization Society in 1817,
  • The Second Great Awakening, a series of religious revivals from the 1790s to 1860 that took place in the “burned over district” in NY & Cane Ridge, KY, reinvigorated Protestant Churches, especially the Methodist and Baptist Churches.

Republicanism, The Second Great Awakening and Antebellum Reform Movements

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Overview 0:51
  • A Democratic Republican Culture 1:54
    • Republican Marriages
    • Republican Motherhood
    • Raising Republican Children
    • Promoting Cultural Independence
  • Aristocratic Republicanism and Slavery 9:55
    • Necessary Evil
    • Wages-Slaves
    • Gabriel Prosser
    • Outlawed Slave Trade
  • Voting Rights Expand 14:05
  • The Antislavery Movement Early 1800s 15:06
    • Black Abolitionists
    • Haitian Revolution
    • The American Colonization Society
    • Liberia
  • Richard Allen 20:04
  • The Second Great Awakening 21:33
    • Huge Evangelized Hubs
    • Evangelic Methodist and Baptist Churches
    • Timothy Dwight and Charles Finney
  • Revival Meetings Could Last Up to a Week 23:53
  • Effects of the Second Great Awakening 26:01
    • A Fervently Protestant People
    • Academies
    • Women's Rights and Temperance Movements
    • Revivalism
    • Camp Meeting
    • Rationalism/Enlightenment (Deism)
    • Charles Grandison Finney
  • Finney and Revival 31:32
  • Other Religious Groups Arise 31:51
    • The Shakers
    • The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing
    • Utopian Society
  • The Shakers 35:27
  • Example 1 36:17
  • Example 2 38:43