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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

The Fires of Perfection (1820-1850)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Discuss the nature of the revival of the Second Great Awakening and its impact on both American religion and American society.

Discuss the concept of women's sphere, and how women's lives and social role changed in this period.

Describe the romantic movement and its impact on American values.

Discuss the nature of the antebellum reform movements, including the utopian communities and the humanitarian reform movements.

Describe the emergence of abolitionism in American society and its significance.

State the impact of reform on the party system, and explain the shift to political action among some reformers.