Are you a perfectionist? During the Second Great Awakening, this meant you were a social reformer battling the problems of industrial society.

It is the 1820’s and you are a member of New York’s growing affluent middle class. You have made your money from the industrial changes taking place in the northern states and now want to reshape society in your image. The wave of religious radicalism with its emphasis on spiritual actions is just what you have been waiting for. You eagerly take up the cause of one of the new wave of social reform movements with the goal of making society perfect. But which one? Choose a cause and explain how you are going to make America a better place.

Choose from one of the following cause:

Temperance – this was arguably the most popular cause amongst ordinary men and women.
Women’s Rights

You can find primary sources that explore each of these reform campaigns here. http://www.teachushistory.org/second-great-awakening-age-reform/resources (Links to an external site.)

You should choose one of the reform issues listed above and decided upon a strategy for spreading your ideas to northern cities like New York. Looking through the primary sources, you will see that reformers used a wide range of strategies, from speeches, pamphlets, or satirical cartoons. You can find examples above. Specifically, your source should include the following information:

-Focus on one type of reform movement and include details about the cause that are historically accurate to this period of American history. (20 points)

-Your source is meant to be persuasive and therefore needs to include a specific argument to convince people you are right. You can decide what this argument looks like. For example, will you appeal to reason or make an emotional case? (20 points)

-Does your source look historically accurate? You can choose to present your arguments in a number of different forms. It should be clear which source format you are using. (10 points)