Ch 8: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 8: Religion and Reform (1812-1860)

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The Religion and Reform chapter of this Prentice Hall US History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with 19th-century reform movements and religious influence. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Religion and Reform textbook chapter.

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Students will learn about:

  • The Second Great Awakening
  • Transcendentalism
  • Temperance
  • Early prisons, asylums and schools
  • Cotton and the slave trade
  • Abolition
  • Women's advancement

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8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 8: Religion and Reform (1812-1860)
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The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

1. The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

The spirit of the Revolution led to changes in American churches in the post-war years. Beginning with a boom in evangelism and missionary work, the Second Great Awakening soon led to social reform, an intertwining of religious values with civic values, and a lasting emphasis on morality in daily life.

Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

2. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

3. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.

Education in Early America: Birth of Public Schools and Universities

4. Education in Early America: Birth of Public Schools and Universities

During the early and mid-1800s, education reformers pushed to establish free public schools throughout the U.S. Their efforts also led to the establishment of American universities and the first generation of American writers.

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

5. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

The United Sates was conceived on the idea of freedom and the rights of all people, but early on, an institution took hold that was the exact opposite of that idea. In this lesson, find out the roots of slavery in the States, how it took hold, how slaves lived, and how they resisted the bonds of slavery.

Slavery in Early America: Characteristics & Opposition

6. Slavery in Early America: Characteristics & Opposition

The institution of slavery in early America was a source of both economic profits and divisive tensions. It began as a peculiar institution of colonial society and blossomed into a sectional issue that threatened to destroy the young United States.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

7. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

Advancement for Women: Education, Employment & Rights

8. Advancement for Women: Education, Employment & Rights

In this lesson, we will take a look at the advancement of women's rights during the 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll learn about the key events and themes surrounding the 'first wave' of the feminist movement and see how they impacted society.

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