Assess the validity of the following statement:
"Reform movements in the United States sought to expand democratic ideals."
(NOTE: refer to a specific antebellum reform movement)
11/15/2012 01:09:49 am


James Gurney
11/15/2012 01:12:06 am

This is not a valid statement. According to Antebellum movements in america such as the 3/5 compromise did not expand democratic ideal. They settled property disputes and economic rather than democratic issues.

Courtney Densmore
11/15/2012 01:14:14 am

Reform movements in the United States began to expand democratic ideals. For example, the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions drafted in 1798 and 1799 argued that states had the right and the duty to declare unconstitutional any acts of Congress that were not authorized by the Constitution. In doing so, they argued for states' rights and strict constructionism of the Constitution.

Tanner Flint
11/19/2012 08:08:41 pm

This is not a valid statement. Many of the reforms made during the antebellum era were not related to democratic ideals at all. For example, The temperance movement was meant to encourage people to refrain from drinking alcohol. It was dangerous so the goal of the movement was to reduce its consumption, not to expand any democratic ideals.

Chelsea Landor
11/25/2012 10:14:17 am

I believe that this statement is true. That many reform movements in the United States did expand democratic ideals. For example the Second Great Awakening which expanded the middle class greatly and created a great strong work ethnic. It lead people to convert to christianity, the lasting legacy of churches and the chance for any individual to amend their lives.

Blake Basmajian
12/1/2012 11:10:19 pm

This statement true, during the antebellum era women's rights movements made strides such as creating the first women's college in 1837 with the establishment of Mount Holyoke Seminary. The women's rights movement also include suffrage as seen in the Seneca Falls Convention. The reforms of equal right between women and men were incredibly expanding for democratic ideals.

Kevin Napier
12/2/2012 11:01:40 am

This is a true statement. Many Antebellum movements involved expanded rights for those whose Constitutional rights were being deprived. The Seneca Falls Convention involved a meeting, making an attempt to gain womens' rights. Education reforms were also seen, making attempts to give everybody, regardless of social class, an equal opportunity for an education. Perhaps the most influential movement of the time was The Second Great Awakening. The Second Great Awakening reintroduced evangelical valued back into American life, inspiring a wave of reform movements. These reform movements spread throughout the country, expanding democratic ideals.

Paige Hawkins
12/3/2012 01:11:33 pm

I believe that this statement is true. Education and woman reforms were few of many to encourage democratic expansion. Inventions also became ideal for democratic expansion, Many Antebellum movements supported the expansion of education and women beliefs. Feminist movements to gain the right to vote began to sprout in the U.s later following education movements to fight for the right to a equal education regardless of and diversitys.


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