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Social Changes and Social Reform

Throughout American history, different groups of people, whether organized by race, class, gender, age, profession, or other criteria, have worked to effect change in the American economy, politics, and society. These movements range from the Pennsylvania farmers in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, to antebellum reformers such as abolitionists and women's rights activists, to the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Through study of this theme, we are able to learn the historic context of these movements, the perspectives of different groups of participants and opponents, and the reasons for success or failure.

Topics Within This Theme

Abolitionism (March 1, 2004)

City Upon A Hill: Colonists as Reformers (March 29, 2004)

The Civil Rights Movement, SNCC and the Making of Eyes on the Prize (April 26, 2004)

Immigration, Urbanization, Americanization and the Settlement House Movement (January 28, 2004)

Women's Rights and Women's Equality (May 24, 2004)

Childhood in Colonial New England (Summer 2006)

Horace Mann and the Rise of Public Education in America (Summer 2006)

Amusing the Million: Mass Culture and Leisure at the Turn of the 20th Century (Summer 2006)

"New" Immigrants and the Polish Community in Salem (Summer 2006)