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Question What means did reformers and radicals use to communicate their messages and how did these means influence their ideologies Over the first Century and a half of American History Reformers and Radicals found many innovative and effective ways to communicate their ideas to the country Today sending a message across the country can be as easy as writing an e-mail and mass communication can be achieved as easily as setting up a website or buying a television advertisement It is hard for one to imagine a world without a computer a TV or even a telephone but this was the world that made the task of delivering a message to the people such a daunting task in 19th Century America Reformers and Radicals used methods such as public speech writings organizations and even violence to communicate to the entire nation Indeed the method of conveying a particular message or ideology chosen was very important as it would often play a large part in shaping that ideology in the eyes of the public Public speech was one of the most common methods that reformers used to reach the general public Speeches had many advantages that made them a very appealing way for reformers to convey their message The main advantage that they held was that they were cost efficient It only takes one person to make a speech and there is no other capital required If someone wanted his or her view heard and had no other way to go about it a speech was often the best option Speakers did not even require venues to make their speeches Although churches or other public buildings were often used a speech could be made from the back of a horse driven cart This style of riding from town to town was often seen in New England and upstate New York where towns were close enough to make traveling from town to town practical Speeches
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