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Religion; revivalism


History as Destiny: The Case of New York City
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant interactive tools:
Cities as Religious Centers
Cities as Religious Centers

Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Poverty's Fault

The Old South
Resource Type: E-Seminar

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Slave Life and Culture: Slave Communities
Resistance to Slavery: Suppression

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Since husbands and wives, fathers and mothers could be sold, there were many kinds of slave families, where gender roles differed from those in white society.
Slaves with a talent for preaching were found on many plantations, and the lessons they found in the Bible differed from those taught by white ministers.
Professor Foner tells the story of Nat Turner's rebellion.

Abolitionism and Antislavery
Resource Type: E-Seminar

Relevant pages:
The Rise of Abolition: An Age of Reform
The Abolitionist Position: Core Concepts

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The Second Great Awakening inspired efforts to perfect both American society and individuals.

City Problems: Poverty and Slums
Resource Type: Document-Based Question
Exploring the cholera epidemic in mid-nineteenth century New York City, this selection of primary sources provides a case-study of immigration, urbanization (e.g., slums such as the Five Points), and social and moral reform that can be applied to the study of any city in the industrialized world.

The Five Points Slum
Resource Type: Primary Source
Five Points, the great slum of antebellum New York, was located at the convergence of Worth, Baxter, and Park Streets in present-day lower Manhattan. Its residents suffered terribly during the cholera epidemic of 1832.

Report of the Magdalen Society
Resource Type: Primary Source
Led by John Robert McDowell, a Princeton divinity student, the Magdalen Society was founded in 1831 to help reform prostitutes living in the Five Points slum.

Cholera Outbreak
Resource Type: Primary Source
This article, written during the cholera epidemic of 1832, conveyed the opinion that only certain social types contracted the deadly disease.

The Cholera Epidemic
Resource Type: Primary Source
Many of New York's Protestant leaders interpreted the 1832 cholera epidemic as proof of God's displeasure with contemporary morality.

Moot Court: Central Park on Trial
Resource Type: Classroom Simulation
This simulation, a moot court, engages students in social and moral reform. By exploring how nineteeth-century social and political elites dispossessed various groups such as African Americans in order to build Central Park, students will understand how the present-day problems of gentrification and urban renewal have their roots in nineteeth-century reform.

The Abolitionist Position: Black Abolitionists' Ideas
Resource Type: Primary Source
Black abolitionist Samuel E. Cornish (c. 1795–1858).

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