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How did the Second Great Awakening affect the evolution of women's roles in society in...

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laur159 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM via web

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How did the Second Great Awakening affect the evolution of women's roles in society in 1815-1860?

I'm writing a paper and i don't know much about how the Second Great Awakening affected the evolution of the women's role i was wondering if you could just give me some background in the years 1815-1860

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM (Answer #1)

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The major impact of the Second Great Awakening in this regard was that it led to the involvement of women in the reform movements of the time.

The Second Great Awakening helped to create a propensity for reform in American society.  It emphasized the idea that society could and should be perfected.  Since women were (under the ideas of Republican Motherhood) supposed to be in charge of raising children to be good citizens, it also made sense for them to be in the forefront of reforming society in general.

This is exactly what happened.  Women took the lead in many reform movements.  There were female abolitionists and female temperance workers.  There were female educational reformers and female prison reformers.

The Second Great Awakening emphasized the idea of reforming and perfecting society and it encouraged the idea that women should take a part in those reforms.

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