As it is not another portrait of a person, this artifact still represents an important reform during the Era of Reform. This artifact, a book, represents the change of education for the good. This reform was made by Horace Mann, a man known for his advocacy towards education. Horace Mann was a man who believed that education needed improvements. As well as being an advocate for education, he was also known for serving in the Massachusetts State Legislature. This is important because education has changed for the better today then what it was like back then.