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Reform movements are a key characteristic in the antebellum period Many groups sought to reform and uplift society in many ways with many ideals in mind Most of the antebellum reform movements reflected primarily democratic ideals The statement Reform movements in the United Stated sought to expand democratic ideals was proven true through the many democratic based reform movements between 1825 and 1850 One powerful and widespread movement in antebellum America is the fight for womens rights Document C illustrates the feminist view of the womens role being very similar to that of black slaves Another illustration displaying the role of women is document H wherein the mans drunkenness in the long run affects only the women represented by the woman crying in the center She is left to watch the children and the household At the Seneca Falls convention feminists discussed the womens rights Many called for the right by women to vote and the equality of women to men This is formally declared as a purpose of the convention in the Seneca Falls Declaration Document I This declares that women are free as man is free establishing equality and to be represented in the government which expressed their will to vote as an expression of this equality Although these feminists gained little ground at the time they set a legacy for future generations Another democratic ideal expressed in the antebellum period is the ideal of conformity Brook farm is an outstanding example of a society structure with conformist principals It was organized based on socialism As stated in document F we the undersigned do unite in a voluntary association It was a society based on every one relying on each other The story in document E is another example of a call for conformity The good boy does not think for himself but relies only on what others tell him is good He does exactly as he is told and as a
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