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Respond by Day 7 to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:
- Ask a probing question about the specific social change movement.
- Suggest an additional factor that contributed to the emergence of the social change movement and provide a rationale.
- Suggest an additional strategy that was applied to further the cause and explain its impact.
- Offer further information or insights about a specific leader of the movement.
- Expand on or challenge a colleague’s post by offering a new perspective or insight based on your readings in the Learning Resources or other outside research.
RE: Discussion – Week 1
In the 18th and 19th century many reform movements went on in both the northern and southern states. Some of the most popular social changes were the abolishment of slavery and women’s rights. Although the northern states had already rid themselves of having slaves. The southern states continued to make slavery a “way of living”. Many women and men from both movements worked together to make both social changes possible.
During the 1800s and 1850, there was an abolitionist movement. The abolitionist movement was an effort to end slavery everywhere in the United States. The northern states had already become free states. While the southern states continued to have slavery legal. This movement was led by many Christian believers who proclaimed that slavery was a sin. One of those believers was William Lloyd Garrison. William Lloyd Garrison recruited Fredrick Douglas to become a speaker against slavery. The abolitionist movement started with peaceful protesting and many petitioning. The result was the Civil War against the northern states and the southern states. I believe that many lives were lost for a good cause, but there is another battle that still needs to be won and that is to end racism.
The 1870s women’s rights movement was a social change that took place around the same time as the abolitionist movement. Many women such as Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Julia Ward Howe was one of many women the led the women’s rights movement. There were also men abolitionist supporters of the movement. Such as William Lloyd Garrison and Fredrick Douglas. The women’s movement began as a chance to define the new social and political roles of women. Women wanted equal educational and employment opportunities, the right to divorce and receive property, and the right to address public meetings. Women’s rights activists drew inspiration from the tactics of the antislavery and temperance movements (Danver, S.L, 2011). This led to feminist newspaper writings and petitions by many supporters. Although this social change occurred slowly it is still one we are battling today with equal wages.
Danver, S. L. (Ed.). (2011). Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC
RE: Kevin McDuffie
Social change is a living, breathing entity. Since the beginning of time, people have fought for change. In the 19th century, change was happening in the new colonies from the start.
The colonies started by wanting independence for England and were willing to fight for it. After the war, The constitution and the Bill of Rights were born. These documents stated that all men were created equal. Were all men created equal at that time?
Even though there were social change and equality for some, but not all and the struggle began. More slaves in the south than white people and the farmers and plantation owners were getting wealth for the slave free labor (Editors, 2009).
Even though slavery was wrong in social change, change was on the rise but would take many years to come to be. Through practical and ineffective ways, slaves, women, and even men became equal in the government’s eyes. The struggle was real, and change was needed.
Many slaves were activists in the pursuit of freedom from slavery. The harsh conditions of slavery were enough to promote the need for change.
From the early 1800s to the mid-1800’s many good men, both white and black, Some included Fredrick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and many more. Women also were hot on the heels to free slave Harriett Beecher Stowe, and Harriett Tubman helped free slaves through the years (Editors, 2009).
Some used fear to get the freedom to include murder and but most used protest and letter to higher officials to promote independence. With each movement, the tactics used did gain some forward steps in the right direction, but many steps needed to get freedom.
The need for social change grew strong to give women equal rights, and change was needed. Women have minimal freedoms such as the right to vote, own property. Strong women lead the way to get the change in place. Carrie Chatman Catt and Winning Plan was a great plan to get women the right to vote. Alic Paul used hunger strikes, picketing to get the movement going (Editors, Women’s Suffrage, 2009).
Through the struggles for equal rights, all of the tactics prevailed. Some effective and some not, but the movement succeeded.
Editors, H. (2009). Slavery in America. Slavery in America, 1-5.
Editors, H. (2009). Women’s Suffrage. History, 1-10.