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In the 19th century Americas politics started to change During the antebellum era there was believed to be much sin in the society People thought Jesus was going to come back to them so they knew they needed to better their society The reform movements in the United States expanded democratic ideas through the antebellum reforms reforming education and religion Womens movements brought social changes by changing womens roles in societyAlthough some would argue that the naturalization reforms did not spread democratic ideas As more catholic immigrants came to America the know nothing party formed The party assumed that catholic immigrants would stay loyal only to their pope The Know Nothing party supported changing the Naturalization Law making it hard for immigrants to earn citizenship Nevertheless reform movements were more beneficiary to the common manFirst of all the antebellum movement changed the ideas of religion and education in the United States The second great awakening was a catalyst for change As more people thought Jesus was going to have to come back they saw a greater need to change their society for the better Horace Mann made states pay funding for public education creating public schools Therefore the common man became educated Also some states started allowing white men who did not own land to vote As suffrage rose the common man was finally allowed to have a say in politics The Penal system also helped spread not only education but also religion When young criminals were put in juvenile halls instead of jail with adults people saw this as an opportunity to change their life They rehabilitated them by preaching religion and education to them in hopes that they would change their life for the betterSimilarly womens movements helped women earn a higher role in society Before women were told to stay home and known for being weak Seneca Falls convention was also a catalyst for womens rights It was the
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