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Theme: The spectacular religious revivals of the Second Great Awakening reversed a trend toward secular rationalism in American culture, and helped to fuel a spirit of social reform. In the process, religion was increasingly feminized, while women in turn took the lead in movements of reform, including those designed to improve their own condition.

Theme: The attempt to improve Americans faith, morals, and character affected nearly all areas of American life and culture, including education, the family, literature, and the artsculminating in the great crusade against slavery.

Theme: Intellectual and cultural development in America was less prolific than in Europe, but they did earn some international recognition and became more distinctly American, especially after the War of 1812.



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