Three Forks History: Tribal newspapers stood for temperance

Three Forks History: Tribal newspapers stood for temperance

America experienced a revival in the early 1800s that is referred to as the Second Great Awakening. This increase in religious fervor among the churches of the nation reached every race and economic level. Out of the revival grew a desire to effect several social reforms. These included temperance, the abolition of slavery, and women’s rights, such as suffrage. Most of the missionaries working among the Five Tribes just before and after the removals were influenced by the revival and its reform-minded efforts. In addition to bringing education and the gospel to tribal members, the missionaries also promoted temperance, women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Tribal leaders embraced the temperance movement in particular having recognized that the consumption of alcohol had a devastating effect on their people. Almost all …
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