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Chapter 17, Lesson 4: Making a Better Society (pp. 434-438)

I. Awakening Religious Feelings

II. Building "Perfect" Communities

    A. Utopian communities, or villages where people could live in harmony, became popular.

    B. The Shakers formed villages and lived simply, believing that all should work for the common good.

    C. Other communities included New Harmony in Indiana and Brook Farm in Massachusetts.

III. Changing Americans' Beliefs
    A. Some Americans wanted to reform, or improve, the world rather hide from it.

    B. Slavery was America's worst problem. It had to end.

    C. Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison spoke out against slavery and wrote of its evils.

    D. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth begin to fight for equal rights.

    E. Future generations would see the result of their hard work.

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