Second Great Awakening

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The Second Great Awakening was significant because reform movements were connected with religion. Most of reform movements were in fact influenced by the religious ideas expressed during the Great Awakening. Religious congregations and sermons challenged the true faith of people, and as a result different religious groups emerged in order to purify the society. With the ongoing religious revivals, different group of people also began to question the governing norms, which contradicted with religious teachings. In David Walker’s, “African American Abolitionist David Walker Castigates the United States for Its Slave System, 1829,” Walker also raised the question of African slavery, and how it did not agree with Christianity. Walker said: Are we MEN! ! -- I ask you, 0 my brethren! are we MEN? Did our Creator make us to be slaves to dust and ashes like ourselves? Have we any other Master but Jesus Christ alone? Is he not their Master as well as ours? -- What right then, have we to obey and call any other Master, but Himself? How we could be so submissive to a gang of men, whom we cannot tell whether they are as good as ourselves or not, I never could conceive. Due to the incorrect application of religion, religious movements also had repercussions in political spheres. Many religious scholars believed that through changes in societal laws, they can bring peace and salvation. As a result, the reforms like abolitionist, women’s rights, and education begin to take shape. In short, Second Great Awakening gave rise to religious change, which encouraged people to bring change in creation and laws of society in order to achieve redemption. While the religious change brought liberty through dictatorship among some women, the notion o... ... middle of paper ... ...which belong to them as citizens of these United States. Some women also used religion to justify the rights of women and equality. In, “The Former Slave Sojourner Truth Link Women’s Rights to Antislavery, 1851,” Sojourner said: Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them. In short, reformers were fed up with inept government, and believed that through economic and social reforms, they can influence the government to enact the changes they desire.
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