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The 2nd Great Awakening. Women's History Month Day 6

The formative years of the United States in the time period between the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) & the Civil War (1861-1865) saw the birth of many great Social Reform Movements.

But how much do we really know about this time period known as the Second Great Awakening, during which our Women's Rights Pioneers lived?

Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Harriett Tubman, & Sojourner Truth were Social Reformers that worked for social reform issues like Abolition, Temperance (Prohibition of Alcohol) & Women's Rights - including the Right to Vote.

The Second Great Awakening was a period of Spiritual Revival that was roughly between 1790-1850, in which many new Christian Protestant Denominations were formed, all with a mind to bring about the Apocalypse & the Second Coming of Christ - creating a utopian "Heaven on Earth."

Following along from the First Great Awakening from roughly 1730 - 1780 with Calvinist & Puritans teachings of "Hell, Fire, Brimstone," the Spiritual Reformers of the Second Great Awakening REJECTED the notion of Manifest Destiny.

Manifest Destiny was the Calvinist belief that "man was Saved or Doomed at birth & no Good Deeds" on Earth could save you.

This was the backdrop for the Salem Witch Trials where 19 people - mostly Women were HUNG & MURDERED just outside of Harvard Square in Massachusetts. Now THAT is Pure EVIL.